Gender Lens Analysis of MacKenzie Scott’s $2.7 Billion in New Giving

She’s done it again — outstripped all of philanthropy with her massive capacities to spread capital in the nonprofit realm. Today, MacKenzie Scott announced $2.7 Billion in new giving — funds that will go to those generally underfunded and overlooked. MacKenzie describes her process as “Seeding by Ceding” — seeding social change by ceding her priveleged role to those who need the power more.

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MacKenzie Scott blew the doors off philanthropy again by giving $2.7 billion in new funding for overlooked and underfunded organizations. (Image credit: MacKenzie Scott)

The gender lens analysis of this new batch of giving turns up several organizations that we discuss frequently here at Philanthropy Women, including our fiscal sponsor, Women’s Funding Network (woot! woot!), as well as a long list of other organizations taking a range of approaches, including intersectional approaches, to addressing the gender issues in our culture. The list of lucky grantees in this batch include:

AWID (Association for Women’s Rights in Development)

Borealis Philanthropy

Center for Evaluation Innovation

Co-Impact Gender Fund

Emerging LGBTQ Leaders of Color Fund

Equitable Evaluation Initiative (Former Women’s Funding Network strategist and PW author Marcia Coné works there!)

Fondo Semillas

Funders for LGBTQ Issues


Girls First Fund


Solidaire Network

The Nonprofit Quarterly


Urban Bush Women


Women’s Funding Network

Women’s Audio Mission

Depending on how much each of these organizations received, this could be a very large or very small proportion of the total giving, which added up to a staggering  $2,739,000,000.

MacKenzie’s Support of Nonprofit Thought Leadership

MacKenzie Scott’s new batch of giving is great news not only for gender lens organizations, but also for racially focused and disability-focused groups. Additionally, this new batch of giving supports many great thought leadership organizations that we have written about here at Philanthropy Women including:

Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)

Fund for Shared Insight

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

New Profit


Leeway Foundation

Scott’s Support of Higher Education and the Arts

In addition, many public colleges and universities received funding including CUNY Hostos Community College, University of California, Merced, University of Central Florida, University of Illinois Chicago, University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Arts organizations also showed up frequently on MacKenzie’s new gift list including Art for Justice Fund, Arts Administrators of Color Network, Arts for Healing and Justice Network, Arts Forward Fund, Arts Midwest, and Ashé Cultural Arts Center, just to pull a small sample from the list.

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Author: Kiersten Marek

Kiersten Marek, LICSW, is the founder of Philanthropy Women. She practices clinical social work and writes about how women donors and their allies are advancing social change.

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