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Habitat for Humanity recently received a $5 million donation. Photo Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia.
Habitat for Humanity recently received a $5 million donation. Photo Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia.

MacKenzie Scott donates $5 million donation to Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia

The philanthropist said that she will donate her fortune until “the safe is empty.”

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Habitat for Humanity International was recently gifted a one-time donation of $436 million, thanks to the MacKenzie Scott Foundation.

The organization stated that they will use the generous gift to creatie homes where people can safely live. Habitat Philadelphia, which received a $5 million donation, will also use the donation money to repair homes and invest in technology.

“This incredibly generous gift will allow us to dramatically increase capacity and implement programs that will have a multi-generational impact on communities around the U.S. and our global mission for many years to come,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International.

One cause that the money will go to is the Cost of Home initiative, an organization created by Habitat for Humanity in order to increase Black homeownership in the U.S.

“We look forward to bringing diverse groups of people together to focus on the ways we can address systemic racism and injustices in the housing sector that continue to limit access and harm people of color,” said Natosha Reid Rice, Habitat’s chief global diversity, equity and inclusion officer.

According to their website, Cost of Home has already helped over 4 million people access affordable housing through endless advocacy at the local, state, and federal level.

“This gift gives us the opportunity to increase and improve equity in our work, policies, practices and programs throughout our organization, our affiliated network, but especially in the communities with which we partner,” said Rice.

The organization in Philadelphia is dedicated to showing homeownership with Black communities. 

In Pennsylvania, where a quarter of the population identifies with a minority group, only 45.3 percent of households owned their own homes. Habitat for Humanity is continuing on lowering those numbers and the donation will definitely help.

The organization will also use the money to bring more volunteers to the game.

Scott, who became a billionaire when she received $38 billion from her divorce to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, stated in a letter on her website that she will be giving away nearly half of her earnings to hundreds of charities until “the safe is empty.”

“My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care,” said Scott.

Last year, Scott donated $20 million to Lincoln University, which was the largest donation the historical university has ever received.

Scott also gave $1 million to Play on Philly, a local non-profit organization that provides  children from underprivileged areas in Philadelphia to learn a musical instrument.

The organization stated that they will use the donation to buy more instruments so more children can join the program.

Scott also donated to Delaware State University and The Greater Philadelphia YMCA. The billionaire also gave $20 million to Benefit Data Trust, an organization that helps Pennsylvania residents receive public benefits.

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