Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has contributed a $20 million gift to Morehouse College. The gift is part of Scott’s generous donation to 116 nonprofits driving positive change in the country, including six HBCUs.
Hampton University, Howard University, Spelman College, Tuskegee University, and Xavier University of Louisiana also received donations from Scott.
Scott announced the gift to nonprofits this week in the online news platform Medium.
“Last year I pledged to give the majority of my wealth back to the society that helped generate it, to do it thoughtfully, to get started soon, and to keep at it until the safe is empty,” Scott said. “There’s no question in my mind that anyone’s personal wealth is the product of a collective effort, and of social structures which present opportunities to some people, and obstacles to countless others.”
The billionaire said her donation was supporting institutions doing transformative work to improve racial, gender, and LGBTQ+ equity, as well as economic mobility and public health issues, among other areas.
“MacKenzie Scott’s beneficent gift to Morehouse and several of our companion institutions in the HBCU network is an investment into the future of Black excellence,” said David A. Thomas, president of Morehouse College. “On behalf of Morehouse and the Board of Trustees, I would like to thank her for supporting our mission to develop men who are academically excellent and focused on leadership and service.
“This gift will help Morehouse to lay the foundation for the campus of the 21st century and continue the important work we do to produce graduates who effect positive change in their communities, the nation, and the world.”
The ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezo, Scott began making some $1.7 billion in donations last year after signing a pledge to give most of her wealth away.
Monique Dozier, vice president of the Office of Institutional Advancement, said Scott’s donation recognizes the world-class education that Morehouse offers its students and she is appreciative of her support.
“This unrestricted gift to Morehouse will help the College to build capacity and invest in strategic academic programs to enrich the experiences of the men of Morehouse,” Dozier said.“We appreciate Ms. Scott’s faith in Morehouse College. This investment in Morehouse will yield dividends that will transform the lives of our students.
Additional she’s committed:
- $586,700,000 to racial equity
- $46,000,000 to the LGBT+ community
- $133,000,000 to gender equality
- $399,500,000 to economic mobility
- $55,000,000 to bridging divides
- $72,000,000 to functional democracy
- $128,300,000 to public health
- $130,000,000 to global development
- $125,000,000 to climate change