Jeff Bezos’ ex MacKenzie Scott donates $84.5M to Girl Scouts amid divorce

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MacKenzie Scott made a very generous donation to the Girl Scouts of the USA amid her divorce from her second husband, Dan Jewett.

The youth organization for girls announced in a press release on Tuesday that the philanthropist, 52, donated $84.5 million to their cause.

“We are so appreciative of MacKenzie Scott’s gift,” Girl Scouts CEO Sofia Chang said in a statement.

“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.”

Girl Scouts also shared that the funds will be used to create more equitable membership opportunities, programs that will prepare girls for career readiness and mental wellness, bolster research, staff and volunteer training and invest in bettering the organization’s camp properties.

According to the press release, Scott’s massive contribution is the “largest donation from a single individual in the organization’s history.”

Scott — who was married to Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos from 1993 to 2019 — received a grand settlement worth more than $38 billion when the couple’s divorce was finalized.

The American novelist called it quits with the billionaire businessman after he allegedly had an affair with TV presenter Lauren Sanchez, whom he is currently still dating.

Scott vowed early on to give half of the money she got from the divorce to charity.

“We each come by the gifts we have to offer by an infinite series of influences and lucky breaks we can never fully understand,” she wrote in a letter for “The Giving Pledge,” a promise by the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to charitable causes, in May 2019.

“In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share. My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care. But I won’t wait. And I will keep at it until the safe is empty.”

Scott pledged to donate half her fortune to charity after her divorce from Bezos was finalized.

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Scott pledged to donate half her fortune to charity after her divorce from Bezos was finalized.

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