MacKenzie Scott, one of the wealthiest women in the world, guaranteed to keep giving her fortune to charity “until the safe is empty” taking after her separate from Jeff Bezos in 2019. Over the past year, Scott has given $6 billion to more than 500 nonprofit organizations, and this week reported a modern circular of grants worth a combined $2.7 billion. The funds will be distributed to 286 higher education, social justice, and arts organizations working to bolster marginalized and underserved communities.
Among the arts organizations receiving funds are Art for Justice, which was launched in 2017 by collector Agnes Gund and aims to end mass incarceration in the United States. Another is New York’s Studio Museum in Harlem and El Museo del Barrio, Native Arts & Culture Foundation, a Vancouver-based organization that centers indigenous arts as a means for social change. Lastly, Souls Grown Deep, a nonprofit group that maintains the foremost repository of works by Black artists from the South.