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Feel Good Friday: Taking the “Season of Giving” to a Whole New Level

Happy New Year all! While a lot of us may want to forget all about 2020, there are some good things that came out of it…

December holidays are often known as the “season of giving”, and MacKenzie Scott was certainly in the spirit — in fact, she has been in the spirit all year. If you’re unfamiliar, Scott is the ex-wife of the world’s richest man, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. She walked away from that marriage in 2019 as the 4th richest woman in the world, but in 2020 she made it her mission to redistribute some of that wealth — we love to see it. 

News broke last month that Scott donated close to 6 billion dollars, and it’s been said that this may be the most money donated to charity in a year by one living person (as opposed to being donated in someone’s name after they pass) ever. It gets better, Scott had a team of financial advisors research and select charities that would immediately support people and causes which were particularly suffering from the economic impacts of COVID-19. In a recent blog she wrote for medium, Scott shares that this resulted in financial gifts to 384 organizations across the US, saying: 

“Some are filling basic needs: food banks, emergency relief funds, and support services for those most vulnerable. Others are addressing long-term systemic inequities that have been deepened by the crisis: debt relief, employment training, credit and financial services for under-resourced communities, education for historically marginalized and underserved people, civil rights advocacy groups, and legal defense funds that take on institutional discrimination.”

In summary, she donated to places that truly needed the money and who don’t typically have access to philanthropic donations. To see a list of who and what she donated to, you can find it at the end of her blog here. As for her spirit of giving, Scott has made it known that she isn’t done yet. She signed a pledge to give away half of her entire wealth, which means she still has quite a few billion left to spare! 

The idea of Feel Good Fridays started because we believe the simple things that bring a smile to our face are some of the best things. Smiling and laughing have been proven to reduce stress in our lives! When we smile or laugh it releases neurotransmitters in our brain called endorphins, which are in charge of making us happy and helping to relieve stress.

Remember to check back for our next Feel Good Friday!