YWCA NH News
YWCA New Hampshire Receives Unexpected Gift
The selection recognizes YW’s strong leadership, effectiveness, and important mission
MANCHESTER — YWCA New Hampshire is the recipient of $1 million donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. Ms. Scott is an author and was formerly married to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Scott, who plans to give away her entire fortune, announced her latest round of charitable giving to 384 organizations across the U.S. in a post on Medium on Tuesday.
In it she said, “I asked a team of advisors to help me accelerate my 2020 giving through immediate support to people suffering the economic effects of the crisis.
“They took a data-driven approach to identifying organizations with strong leadership teams and results, with special attention to those operating in communities facing high projected food insecurity, high measures of racial inequity, high local poverty rates, and low access to philanthropic capital.
YWCA New Hampshire’s mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. It serves approximately 2,300 individuals annually and offers an array of social justice programs that focus on domestic violence prevention and response, youth education, community education, racial justice and outreach, and empowerment. It operates the third-largest crisis services program for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in the state; including the largest domestic violence shelter.
While the YWCA does not immediately know what it will do with the unexpected gift, its board of directors plans to use it to help the YW advance its mission to the next level. The specifics will be announced at the YW’s celebration of its 101st anniversary in March.
“This unrestricted donation recognizes and validates our work to advance diversity and inclusion,” noted YWCA New Hampshire CEO Jessica Cantin. “We are unbelievably honored and grateful to Mackenzie Scott for supporting us and a number of our sister YWCAs across the country.”
“This donation will have such a tremendous impact on our work and the community,” Cantin added. “Big things are ahead for all of us.”
YWCA New Hampshire celebrates its 101st anniversary next year. It is the longest-serving women’s organization in the state.
For more information: Jessica Cantin, (603) 520-2760, firstname.lastname@example.org
MacKenzie Scott’s Medium post announcing the latest round of contributions: