We are truly grateful to be one of the many recipients of MacKenzie Scott’s generous 2020 donations. With her generous gift, we are able to accelerate our programs that enable employment for those most impacted by the current economic crisis.
About MacKenzie Scott’s Donation
In mid-2020, the pandemic was still in its infancy (though we didn’t know it then), and MacKenzie Scott saw an immediate need to support those suffering most from the crisis. She and her advisors identified organizations with “strong leadership teams and results, with special attention to those operating in communities facing high projected food insecurity, high measures of racial inequity, high local poverty rates, and low access to philanthropic capital.”
Over the next few months, they sought feedback from hundreds of experts, volunteers, and nonprofit leaders with decades of experience. What her team came away with was a list of 822 organizations, which was then whittled down to 384. These final organizations were chosen for their transparency, reportable data, and ability to impact their communities in real and wide-reaching ways.
Southern Oregon Goodwill was honored to be one of the 384 recipients, and also one of the 46 other Goodwill organizations across the U.S. that were chosen. In total, MacKenzie Scott gifted over $4 billion dollars as an end-of-year surprise to nonprofits in 2020, wrapping up what was for many of us one of the most challenging and tumultuous years in recent memory.
Our Colossal Thanks to MacKenzie and Her Team
MacKenzie Scott inspires us all with her actions and her words:
“If you’re craving a way to use your time, voice, or money to help others at the end of this difficult year, I highly recommend a gift to one of the thousands of organizations doing remarkable work all across the country. Every one of them could benefit from more resources to share with the communities they’re serving. And the hope you feed with your gift is likely to feed your own.”
You Can Help Us Fulfill Our Mission, Too
Each year, we serve hundreds of people in Southern Oregon and Northern California by facilitating their journey toward long-term and meaningful employment. The results we see are transformational. For someone who is struggling to live on their own, or support their family, or rejoin the workforce after years of absence, the work they do and the income they generate truly does change their lives and our communities for the better.
We hope you feel inspired by MacKenzie Scott’s words and charitable donation, and join our family of donors this year and in the future.