A number of Massachusetts organizations received millions of dollars in donations as part of Mackenzie Scott’s latest, $2.7 billion round of philanthropic gifts.
Scott, the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, announced on Tuesday that she would be distributing the money to 286 organizations “in categories and communities that have been historically underfunded and overlooked.”
Scott, who last year gave away about $6 billion in two surprise announcements, said she and her husband, Dan Jewett, along with a team of advisers, made the donations with the belief that “it would be better if disproportionate wealth were not concentrated in a small number of hands.”
The donations support higher education, arts and cultural institutions, and organizations that aim to address racial equity, poverty, and discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities.
These are the Massachusetts-based organizations that received donations:
The Bridgespan Group
Bridgespan, of Boston, is a global nonprofit that provides consulting and advising to nonprofits, nongovernmental organizations, philanthropists, and investors.
Scott donated $5 million to Boston’s Community Foundations Leading Change, a national network of community foundations, the organization said in a statement Tuesday.
“This extraordinary gift shines a light on the vital role community foundations play in transforming communities throughout the United States and acknowledges the unique power of CFLeads as a peer network driving change,” the statement said. “We deeply appreciate Ms. Scott and Mr. Jewett’s faith in our mission and the growing number of community foundations coming together through CFLeads to be more effective community leaders.”
The GreenLight Fund is a nonprofit organization based in Boston that aims to open economic mobility opportunities for children and families living in poverty.
FSG, of Boston, is a mission-driven consulting firm that advises foundations, businesses, nonprofits, and governments around the world.
Hyde Square Task Force
The Hyde Square Task Force is a nonprofit, youth development organization based in Jamaica Plain that connects young people with educational opportunities and resources.
Interaction Institute for Social Change
The Interaction Institute for Social Change advises people and organizations on racial equity.
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
MENTOR, a national nonprofit based in Boston, aims to connect young people with mentors.
The donation from Scott is “the largest individual gift in [MENTOR’s] 32-year history,” the organization said in a statement, and the funds will allow the group “to expand and deepen our work to ensure all young people have the supportive relationships they need to thrive and strive.”
New England Foundation for the Arts
The New England Foundation for the Arts, which aims to invest in artists and communities to foster equitable access to the arts, received an $8 million donation from Scott, the organization said in a statement.
“We are grateful for this significant investment,” NEFA board chair John Henry said in a statement. “NEFA’s work strengthens the arts and culture sector in New England, and beyond. We are a partner in building a stronger, more equitable landscape for the benefit of all; this award will have a deep impact on the field for years to come.”
New Profit is a Boston nonprofit venture philanthropy that backs social entrepreneurs.
“The unrestricted gift will enable the organization to continue to expand its support for social entrepreneurs and other leaders who have lived experience with the systems in our country that need to change,” New Profit said in a statement about Scott’s gift.
Social Finance, which is headquartered in Boston, is a finance and advisory nonprofit.
“We are deeply grateful to MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett for this transformative gift, which affirms the hard work and dedication of our board and 80-person team over the past decade,” the group said. “We look forward to making the most of this catalytic support in service of our mission to measurably improve lives.”
The Theater Offensive
The Theater Offensive is a theater organization that produces works by, for, and about queer and transgender people of color. It is based in Boston.
Boston’s Third Sector is currently working with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care to develop a funding model for allocating federal relief funds to advance equity.
ZUMIX, a nonprofit in East Boston that connects young people with free and low-cost music classes, received a $1 million gift from Scott. The group also brings arts education into three local schools.
ZUMIX said the gift “reflects ZUMIX’s 30-year track record of providing top-quality arts and creative technology education and employment for generations of Boston’s youth. The organization will invest the funds to establish long-term financial stability.”