MacKenzie Scott donates $9 million to Austin organizations

MacKenzie Scott donates $ 9 million to Austin organizations

Meals on Wheels Central Texas and the Greater Austin YWCA were two recipients of donations from philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott.

Philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott donated $ 4.1 billion to 384 organizations, including two in the Austin area.

She said she specifically selected nonprofits that had high potential for impact.

“I want to say that this really allows us to continue delivering the services we are now offering in order to keep them [seniors] to be safe, healthy, and age with dignity and independence, ”said Adam Hauser, CEO of Meals on Wheels Central Texas, who was granted $ 8 million by Scott.

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“We currently look after around 5,000 people in the Central Texas region with all of our services. And with this grant we can certainly serve many more people and expand our activities, ”added Hauser.

“It’s definitely something we’re going to use. In the short term, particularly in the context of the pandemic, we would like to be able to reinforce more color communities, especially those hardest hit by COVID-19, ”said Naya Diaz, General Manager of the YWCA of Greater Austin. that was given $ 1 million by Scott. “It is the greatest gift we have been given in the history of the organization. So this is huge. “

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During the pandemic, Austin’s nonprofits helped fill the gaps for communities facing difficulties.

“We are realizing that there is a lot of isolation, fear, anxiety and stress due to the pandemic. So we’ve seen an increase in calls since the pandemic, ”said Diaz.

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“The demand for our services has increased and the Austin area has a very rapidly growing senior population even before the COVID hit. The demand for our services has increased anyway, but the pandemic has of course accelerated that, ”said Hauser.

Both Meals on Wheels in central Texas and the Greater Austin YWCA said they still need volunteers. More information for both organizations can be found on their websites.

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