MacKenzie Scott’s extensive list of beneficiaries includes 61 YWCA and 44 YMCA associations across the US, as well as more than 4o food banks and 30 Meals on Wheels services.
More than 30 higher education institutions benefited, including several tribal colleges such as Navajo Technical University and historically Black colleges and universities, such as Morgan State University, which has received $40m (£30m), the largest private gift in its history.
A key focus of Scott’s funds also included long-established local support organisations such as 46 chapters of United Way, which provides educational, financial and health support; and the same number of affiliates of Goodwill Industries International, which offers training and education to help people find jobs. Twenty affiliates of the disability services organisation Easterseals also made the list.
Other high-profile recipients include the Global Fund for Women, civil rights organisation the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy Covid-19 Response Fund.
Lambda Legal, a national organisation championing the civil rights of the LGBT community, Pride Foundation and the Hispanic Federation were also given funds.
Scott said that a further 438 potential beneficiaries have been “put on hold for now due to insufficient evidence of impact, unproven management teams, or to allow for further inquiry about specific issues such as the treatment of community members or employees”.