Amazon cofounder Mackenzie Scott donates $2 million to Habitat for Humanity La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Habitat for Humanity La Crosse received $2 million donation — its largest contribution ever — from a well-known philanthropist, Amazon cofounder Mackenzie Scott.

Scott, who helped create Amazon with her ex-husband Jeff Bezos, has gained recognition for donating money to nonprofits and charities at a rate that is uncommon amongst philanthropists.

Habitat executive director Kahya Fox said she received a call this month and was surprised it was from Scott, who has donated a total of $346 million to 84 Habitat branches to address affordable housing needs.  

“We don’t know why or how that selection process went,” Fox said. “We just know we’re very, very honored to be one of those selected.”

The donation will help build more than just houses, Fox said, adding that it also will go toward creating senior citizen age-in-place programs, provide critical repairs for homes and expand existing housing programs for low-income families.  The nonprofit also hopes to use the funds to help reduce flooding in areas and create rain water mitigation programs. 

Habitat for Humanity also intends to partner with local government agencies and create sustainable solutions to problems. The donation has moved forward programs earlier than Habitat officials expected, Fox said.

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