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Billionaire MacKenzie Scott donates $8.5 million to Austin nonprofit

During her divorce from Jeff Bezos, Scott received 4% of Amazon’s shares. (Elena Seibert)

Austin’s Habitat for Humanity has received a cool $8.5 million donation from philanthropist and ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, MacKenzie Scott.

The donation is part of a huge $436 million sum given to Habitat for Humanity's International office and 84 Habitat affiliates around the country. According to the Austin Habitat board, the donation is the biggest the chapter has ever received.

Since 1985, Austin Habitat has built over 500 affordable homes in Central Texas and said it will use the money to buy land to build affordable housing in Travis and surrounding counties, especially in communities of color.

"This gift is beyond impactful for Austin Habitat for Humanity; it's transformational," Austin Habitat board treasurer Mason Ayers said in a news release. "It truly changes what we can achieve and the lives we can impact. We are extraordinarily thankful for MacKenzie Scott's generosity and the sweeping impact of her philanthropy."

The donation falls in line with Scott’s pledge to scatter the majority of her fortune, which she took in 2019 by signing the Warren Buffett Giving Pledge. Scott’s donation is her second-largest to date and the largest publicly disclosed from a billionaire, according to Associated Press.
Over the past two years, Scott has given away approximately $8 billion of her net worth, which sits at $48 billion, according to Forbes.


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