Jewish groups in the United States and South Africa among recipients of MacKenzie Scott’s latest $ 2.74 billion grants JTA
(JTA) – Three Jewish nonprofits will receive a portion of the latest $ 2.74 billion in grants made by MacKenzie Scott, philanthropist and former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
Scott and her husband Dan Jewett announced On Tuesday they distributed and brought new funds to 286 different organizations Scott’s total charitable donation since July 2020 is $ 8.5 billion.
Recent scholarships include Scott’s first Jewish groups. The three Jewish fellows are HIAS from Maryland, who stands up for immigrants and refugees and helps them; Repair the World, a social justice nonprofit based in New York; and Afrika Tikkun, an aid organization founded by the chief rabbi of South Africa after the end of apartheid there.
“Because community-centric service is such a powerful catalyst and multiplier, we spent the first quarter of 2021 identifying and evaluating stock-focused nonprofit teams working in neglected areas,” Scott said in her announcement of the grants. “We decided to give relatively large gifts to the [organizations]both to enable their work and as a signal of trust and encouragement for them and others. “
Scott didn’t explain why she gave to any particular group or how much each one received.
Repair the World released a statement announcing an “unlimited” gift of $ 7 million that will help engage more young people in community service and advocacy on humanitarian and civic issues.
“The generosity and vision of Mackenzie Scott and Dan Jewett validates the investments made by the generous donors of Repair, and their gift is a clear challenge and invitation to do even more: more service, more partnerships and more investment to bring service to the American market. Increase and expand Jewish life, “said Cindy Greenberg, President and CEO of Repair the World.
Meanwhile, HIAS announced that it had received “a transformation grant” from Scott.
“HIAS has expanded our programmatic, advocacy and geographic reach to help people find safety, welcome and opportunity wherever they are,” said Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS. “With this investment, HIAS will accelerate our work to build the platform we need to respond to refugee emergencies wherever they arise and whenever we can help.”
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