LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Mount St. Francis Xavier University (CBSLA) Mary’s, Whittier College, the YMCA of Los Angeles and several other non-profit organizations serving disadvantaged communities in Southern California received $1 million in donations from Mackenzie Scott, philanthropist, author and ex-wife of Amazon director Jeff Bezos.

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Scott, who promised billions after her divorce from one of the richest men in the world, wrote in an average-sized article that she gave more than $4.1 billion to 384 organizations across the country. The beneficiaries it has selected are food banks, emergency funds, debt relief or vocational training providers, and higher education institutions serving historically marginalised and underprivileged populations.

This pandemic is a cannonball in the lives of Americans who are already struggling, Scott wrote in a Medium post announcing the gifts. The economic losses and consequences for the health of women, coloureds and people living in poverty have worsened. At the same time, it has significantly increased the wealth of billionaires.

St. Mary’s University called Scott’s $15 million donation a transformer.

The vast majority of our students come from vulnerable backgrounds and their lives are transformed on St. John’s Mountain. We’re very happy to be working with St. Mary’s, said Dr. Linda McMurdock, the Vice President of the University for Student Affairs. It will make a direct difference in the lives of our students.

According to Whittier College, Scott’s $12 million discretionary grant will be used to fund additional scholarships based on need and to support the Justice and Race Equality Action Plan, the Office for Justice and Integration, the Centre for Gender Equality, environmental justice work and faculty diversity efforts.

Whittier is proud to be a national model of access to higher education for students from all walks of life, said President Linda Ubre. It is also proof that the innovative work we do at Whittier College has an impact and is recognised outside our campus.

Mr Ubre said that the donation is the largest in the history of Whittier College and comes from a single donor.

Saturday the 26th. In September 2020, healthcare providers will provide free flu jabs to patients at the YMCA in Los Angeles, California, USA. The annual flu vaccination campaign in the United States has been turned upside down by Covid-19. People stay away from pharmacies, schools, offices, hospitals and other places where they normally go to get vaccinated. (Registration: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The YMCA of Greater Los Angeles did not mention the amount of Scott’s donation, but called it historic and said it would allow the nonprofit organization to expand its emergency aid programs and recover from losses due to forced branch closures as a result of the pandemic.

Other local non-profit organizations selected by Scott as beneficiaries are United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Goodwill of South Los Angeles County, YWCA of Greater Los Angeles and Genesis Los Angeles Community Investment Fund; YWCA of the San Gabriel Valley; and Meals on Wheels and Goodwill of San Diego County and COVID-19 San Diego Foundation Community Response Fund.

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