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When MacKenzie Scott Calls

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When MacKenzie Scott Calls

Leveraging Historic Gifts for High-Impact Equitable Community Change

Friday, May 3, 2024
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Doors at 11:15am / Lunch at 11:30am / Forum begins 12:00pm

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"This was an investment that said 'we want to value work that's going on in your community; how can you deepen it and and get greater impact in your own community.'" – Jill Rizika

Last month, billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott announced she was gifting $640 million to 361 small nonprofits out of 6,000 that responded to an open call for applications. It was another round of jaw-dropping and transformative gifts that Scott pledged to dole out "until the safe is empty" following her divorce from Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos.

On the receiving end are four Cleveland nonprofit organizations--providing a catalyst for high-impact equitable community change right here in our neighborhoods. Each of these organizations shares a mission that aligns with Scott's goal to "advance the voices and opportunities of individuals and families of meager or modest means, and groups who have met with discrimination and other systemic obstacles."

Birthing Beautiful Communities, the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, and Towards Employment each received $2 million in gifts; and Fairfax Renaissance Development Corp. received $1 million of the latest round of Scott's donations.

Join the City Club as we hear from leadership of these organizations on what these contributions will mean for Cleveland, and the communities they serve.


Tickets are available for purchase online until Wednesday, May 1st at noon. For more information on registration, please contact Stacy Holmes at


The livestream will be available beginning at 12:00pm. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.

Production and distribution of City Club forums in partnership with Ideastream Public Media is generously provided by PNC and the United Black Fund.

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