By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – At least two Pittsburgh organizations are on the list of nearly 300 getting billions from MacKenzie Scott.READ MORE: Inbound Lanes Of Parkway East Closed Due To Overturned Tractor-Trailer Crash
In a blog post titled “Seeding by Ceding,” the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says she’s giving away $2.7 billion to “high-impact” underfunded organizations. Two of those organizations are the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Fund and the Center of Life.
Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh, which is a joint grantmaking program created through a partnership between the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments, says the fund “is where access and opportunity connect with Pittsburgh artists who are thriving in their creative process as a means and a way of life.”READ MORE: Report: FDA To Allow Americans To Mix And Match COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses
The Center of Life, based in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood, focuses on giving kids life skills, education, training and resources to strengthen youth and their communities.
“Putting large donors at the center of stories on social progress is a distortion of their role. Me, Dan, a constellation of researchers and administrators and advisors — we are all attempting to give away a fortune that was enabled by systems in need of change,” said Scott.
“In this effort, we are governed by a humbling belief that it would be better if disproportionate wealth were not concentrated in a small number of hands, and that the solutions are best designed and implemented by others.”MORE NEWS: Port Authority Updates COVID-19 Vaccination Policy For Employees, Adds Cash Incentive
Scott has already given away more than $5 billion since she split from Bezos.