286 Teams Empowering Voices the World Needs to Hear


Too often, headlines that grab attention are focused on the dollar amounts. MacKenzie Scott writes in her latest announcement that the headline she hopes for this post is "286 Teams Empowering Voices the World Needs to Hear." $2.7 billion for 286 nonprofits - this is what MacKenzie Scott has committed in her latest round of giving. $2.7 billion will be the headline, but let us not lose focus on where the funds are landing. 

This announcement followed on $5.7 billion in contributions to more than 500 nonprofits last year. Unlike previous donations, which awarded seven- and eight-figure contributions to charities that rarely get such gifts, Ms. Scott's latest round prioritizes charities that focus on helping local organizations. 

" These are people who have spent years successfully advancing humanitarian aims, often without knowing whether there will be any money in their bank accounts in two months. What do we think they might do with more cash on hand than they expected? Buy needed supplies. Find new creative ways to help. Hire a few extra team members they know they can pay for the next five years. Buy chairs for them. Stop having to work every weekend. Get some sleep."