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A Year Ago, MacKenzie Scott Gave More Than $400 Million to HBCUs. Here’s Where That Money Has Gone.

by Morgan State U
January 12, 2022

In mid-December 2020, a rash of news statements were released, all pointing at the same thing: MacKenzie Scott, the philanthropist and ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who in July 2020 had sent a shockwave through the philanthropic and education worlds by donating more than $1 billion to 116 organizations (including six HBCUs), had spent months secretly giving away another $4 billion to 384 organizations. This time, 17 HBCUs received money, ranging from $4 million to $50 million and totaling more than $400 million in donations.