Last year, just before the year ended in December, MacKenzie Scott, a philanthropist, donated about $4 billion in total to 384 organizations. Some of those included organizations in San Antonio such as:
- San Antonio Food Bank
- Easterseals Rehabilitation Center
- South Texas Food Bank
- Goodwill Industries of San Antonio
- United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County
- YMCA San Antonio
- Palo Alto College
This year, Scott and her husband, Dan Jewett, announced $2.7 billion in donations to 286 organizations across the nation. More San Antonio organizations are included among this list.
In her blog Seeding by Ceding, Scott emphasizes that community-centered service can be a powerful catalyst and multiplier. Scott and her team spent the first quarter of 2021 identifying and evaluating equity-oriented, non-profit teams working in areas that have been neglected.
Three Westside organizations, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center have been selected as recipients of $1 million.
“We are deeply grateful to be selected by Mackenzie Scott, Dan Jewett, and their team,” said Graciela Sánchez, Executive Director of the Esperanza. “We admire Scott and Jewett’s efforts to look broadly and to support community-based organizations with substantial gifts and without restrictions.”
The University of Texas at San Antonio received $40 million and plans to use it towards enrollment, retention, and graduations as well as strengthening existing student success programs.
San Antonio College received $15 million making this her second multimillion-dollar gift to the Alamo Colleges.
Scott has also gave eight-figure donations to several HBCUs:
- Howard University received $40 million
- Xavier University of Louisiana received $20 million
- Hampton University received $30 million
- Morehouse College
- Spelman College
- Tuskegee University received $20 million