MacKenzie Scott continues to show support for historically black universities across the nation.
In a Medium post titled “384 Ways to Help” published Tuesday, the philanthropist, formerly MacKenzie Bezos, revealed she donated more than $4.1 billion to 384 organizations across all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.
With a team of advisors, the novelist — who settled her divorce from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos last year — reached out to groups whose aim is to help “communities facing high projected food insecurity, high measures of racial inequity, high local poverty rates, and low access to philanthropic capital.”
“This pandemic has been a wrecking ball in the lives of Americans already struggling. Economic losses and health outcomes alike have been worse for women, for people of color, and for people living in poverty. Meanwhile, it has substantially increased the wealth of billionaires,” Scott noted.
After Scott and her team notified the organizations about their gifts, “the responses from people who took the calls often included personal stories and tears.”
“These were non-profit veterans from all backgrounds and backstories, talking to us from cars and cabins and COVID-packed houses all over the country,” she wrote. “Their stories and tears invariably made me and my teammates cry.”
In addition to various charities, Scott allocated funds to HBCUs such as Claflin University, Dillard University, and many others.
Per CNN, Scott reportedly gave colleges such as Morgan State University in Baltimore and Prairie View A&M University in Texas their largest donations ever, with $40 million and $50 million, respectively.
The Shade Room adds that Scott reportedly gave $45 million to North Carolina A&T, $30 million to Virginia State, and $15 million to Clark Atlanta.
At the end of her note, Scott urged others to donate either their time, voice, or money to help out these deserving groups.
“Every one of them could benefit from more resources to share with the communities they’re serving. And the hope you feed with your gift is likely to feed your own,” she wrote.
This isn’t the first time Scott has generously donated to HBCUs.
In July, she gave out $1.7 billion to 116 organizations, including colleges such as Howard University and Hampton University.
Last year, Scott joined the Giving Pledge — an initiative started by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates in 2010 where billionaires pledge to donate half of their fortune to charitable causes.
As of Wednesday, December 16, Forbes estimates her real-time net worth to be $57.2 billion.