Jeff Bezos Ex-Wife Mackenzie Scott donates 1.7 Billion to HBCU’s, 2.7 Billion to Charities and Covid Relief

Mackenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, pledged this week to give $2.7 billion to hundreds of organizations that have been “underfunded and overlooked!!

Scott donated to 286 institutions like The Freedom Fund, Muslim Advocates, Rise Up, NGOsource and more.

Scott wrote in a Medium post that she and her husband, Dan Jewett, made the donations to enable the recipients to continue their work and as a “signal of trust and encouragement” to them and others.

She made clear in her announcement that she is troubled by the increasing concentration of vast wealth among a small proportion of individuals. She and Jewett worked with a team of researchers and philanthropy advisors “to give away a fortune that was enabled by systems in need of change.”

In 2020, Scott made two similar surprise announcements, donating a combined $6 billion to COVID-19 relief, gender equity, historically Black colleges and universities and other schools.

This is how you give back! If you have such a large amount of money, it don’t hurt to give back.

Update: She’s giving more soon.