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MacKenzie Scott has donated $20 million to Mile High United Way, the largest single donation in the nonprofit’s 133-year history.
Scott, the ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, announced Tuesday that she’s “donated more than $4.1 billion over the past four months to nearly 400 organizations helping fulfill basic needs for many Americans struggling in the pandemic,” according to Forbes.
Scott’s contribution to Mile High United Way will be “transformational, according to a news release, “serving Colorado children and families in the seven-county metro Denver area.”
When founded, Mile High United Way was the first United Way worldwide, the release said.
“We are humbled and beyond grateful to Ms. Scott for this transformational gift, and the strong belief in the power of our work that it demonstrates,” Christine Benero, president and CEO of Mile High United Way, said in the release. “This gift is a testament to our community — staff, board, donors, volunteers and partners — for all that has been done collectively to position Mile High United Way for this significant gift and recognition.”
Scott, an award-winning writer, billionaire and philanthropist, divorced Bezos in 2019. The couple were married in 1993. Scott received a reported $38 billion divorce settlement.