[NFBWATlk] Amazon Billionaire Gives 'Transformational' Gifts to Disability Nonprofits - Disability Scoop - January 4, 2021

Mary Ellen gabias at telus.net
Thu Jan 7 03:56:22 UTC 2021

Too bad she chose Good Will Industries!  Maybe, if she knew about subminimum
wages, she might make a different decision next time.  How to reach her is
the question.

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Amazon Billionaire Gives 'Transformational' Gifts to Disability Nonprofits
By Shaun Heasley Disability Scoop January 4, 2021 Multiple nonprofits
serving people with disabilities are receiving an unprecedented and
unexpected influx of cash as part of a massive wave of donations from the
billionaire ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
Easterseals and 22 of its affiliates across the nation said it received $162
million from MacKenzie Scott. Meanwhile, Goodwill Industries International
said it received $20 million and additional funds were given to 46 of its
The contributions represent the largest either of the groups have ever
received. Both of the nonprofits are over 100 years old.
The money is part of a blitz of donations from Scott who announced in
December that she gave over $4.1 billion to 384 organizations across the
nation in the preceding four months.
Scott signed the Giving Pledge in 2019, a commitment to give the majority of
her wealth to charity.
In a posting on Medium, the philanthropist cited the pandemic, which she
described as a "wrecking ball in the lives of Americans already struggling,"
and said that she "asked a team of advisors to help me accelerate my 2020
giving through immediate support to people suffering the economic effects of
the crisis."
Some of the organizations chosen are meeting basic needs by providing food
and emergency relief, Scott said.
"Others are addressing long-term systemic inequities that have been deepened
by the crisis: debt relief, employment training, credit and financial
services for under-resourced communities, education for historically
marginalized and underserved people, civil rights advocacy groups, and legal
defense funds that take on institutional discrimination," she wrote.
Scott indicated that all of the donations are "unsolicited and unexpected
gifts given with full trust and no strings attached."
Angela Williams, president and CEO of Easterseals described the funding as
"These funds will allow us to grow our network and expand our services to
meet the increasing needs of children and adults with disabilities so they
can fully participate in their communities and in society," Williams said.

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