Girl Scouts attend the Girl Scouts of the USA and National Park Service Host a Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony at the Golden Gate Bridge on May 2, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Photo Credit: Steve Jennings/Getty ImagesHeroes USA
Philanthropist Invests in Young Girls’ Futures
A massive donation, the largest from a single individual, has been made by American philanthropist and billionaire MacKenzie Scott to contribute to the development and fulfillment of the women of tomorrow.
“This is a great accelerator for our ongoing efforts to help girls cultivate the skills and connections needed to lead in their own communities and globally,” explains Girl Scouts CEO Sofia Chang.
A whopping $84.5 million will be distributed among 29 local councils – selected by Scott – and the Girls Scouts of the USA’s national chapter to “create more equitable membership opportunities in communities that have been under-engaged” and “foster meaningful program innovation informed by the current interests and needs of girls to prepare them for leadership, including an expanded focus on career readiness and mental wellness.” Determined to help others, MacKenzie Scott is distributing her fortune – $35.6 billion in Amazon stock – among carefully selected institutions. According to Forbes, since mid-2020, she gave $12.8 billion to more than 1,200 organizations. Some 2.5 million members of the world’s largest leadership organization for girls will benefit from this generous donation.