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Updated on: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 09:06 PM IST

Mackenzie Scott gives $2.7 bn to charity; Indian non-profit The/Nudge Foundation receives 'generous' grant

American philanthropist and novelist MacKenzie Scott and husband Dan Jewett |

American philanthropist and novelist MacKenzie Scott and husband Dan Jewett |

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American novelist and billionaire philanthropist Mackenzie Scott, has made an announcement that she has donated $2.7 billion to 286 chosen nonprofits, each receiving a significant donation as a “signal of trust and encouragement”.

“People struggling against inequities deserve center stage in stories about change they are creating,” Scott tweeted on Tuesday. “This is equally — perhaps especially — true when their work is funded by wealth. Any wealth is a product of a collective effort that included them.”

Scott was earlier married to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

The/Nudge Foundation to utilize grant for 3 impact streams

One of the beneficiaries of Scott's donation is India's The/Nudge Foundation which announced it has received a grant from American philanthropist and novelist and husband Dan Jewett, in recognition of their work against social and economic inequities in India. The/Nudge has been selected by MacKenzie through a rigorous process of research and impact evaluation as one among the world’s 286 high-impact organizations, the non-profit said in a press release.

"We are extremely grateful to MacKenzie Scott for her support and trust in our capabilities and plans for scaling up. We are at a point in our journey where we feel confident in our potential to meaningfully contribute to India’s development. In the aftermath of the pandemic, we have increased our focus on rural livelihoods and on strengthening the capacity of government system, said Atul Satija, Founder, The/Nudge Foundation.

The/Nudge will utilise this grant towards building its three impact streams all of which together tackle the complex problem of poverty alleviation viz: Centre for Skill Development and Entrepreneuship, Centre for Rural Development and Centre for Social Innovation.

This grant will enable The/Nudge to invest further in its centres, build new capabilities and partner with governments and civil society organisations, a press statement said.

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Published on: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 01:31 PM IST
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