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Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Receives $122.6 Million Donation: NPR


Artis Stevens, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, says Scott’s donation of MacKenzie to the mentoring organization will be “transformative”.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Receives 2.6 Million Donation: NPR

Artis Stevens, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, says Scott’s donation of MacKenzie to the mentoring organization will be “transformative”.

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Artis Stevens says he had no idea it was going to happen. The president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America said he was “impressed” when representatives for MacKenzie Scott called to say the mentoring organization would receive $122.6 million. “They gave me the information and told me the number and I was floating on cloud nine,” Stevens told NPR.

Scott’s donation will support BBBSA and 38 of its local agencies, “in furtherance of its mission to ensure that every young person has access to powerful mentorship experiences that enable them to succeed in school, in life and in their his career,” according to a statement. This is the largest private donation the organization has ever received since its founding in 1904.

Stevens says the organization currently matches some 250,000 adult mentors with young people across the country. Scott’s donation “will create access to millions more mentorship experiences by deepening our one-to-one relationships and developing new ways to sponsor children,” according to a spokesperson.

More than 12 million children in the United States live in poverty and more than 13 million young people suffer from emotional, behavioral or developmental disorders such as depression. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America reports that “at the height of the pandemic, 20% of young people served by Big Brothers Big Sisters lost contact with a significant adult in their lives.”

About 40% of BBBSA’s work is done through schools. When the pandemic forced schools to close, Stevens says volunteers changed course by delivering food, setting up homework help in front yards and Wi-Fi in communities.

MacKenzie Scott helped build Amazon with her ex-husband, founder and executive chairman Jeff Bezos. When they divorced in 2019, she received a 4% stake in Amazon. His estimated net worth is $48.3 billion. So far, it has given more than $12 billion to nearly 1,200 groups. In a blog post for Medium, she wrote that she focuses on “the needs of underrepresented people from groups of all kinds.” She recently donated $275 million to Planned Parenthood.

“When our giving team focuses on a system that people are struggling with,” Scott writes, “we don’t assume that we, or any other group, can know how to fix it. We don’t advocate policies or instead of this, we seek a portfolio of organizations that support everyone’s ability to participate in solutions.

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