United Way of Central Indiana has received $25 million from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. The organization says the “transformational gift” is the largest from one donor in its history and will support ongoing work to improve education, health and financial stability for central Indiana residents.
United Way says it will work with community partners over the next three to five years to determine how best to use the funds. Scott is the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
“United Way of Central Indiana is truly honored to be among the 384 organizations chosen to receive a gift,” said Ann Murtlow, president of United Way of Central Indiana. “With so many in our community reeling from the health and economic effects of the pandemic, recovery will not come overnight. This gift is testament to the hard work of our people and partners, core strategy, demonstrated impact, and deep commitment to making Central Indiana a strong, healthy and equitable community for all.”
In December, Scott announced that she would be donating a total of $4.1 billion to 384 organizations around the U.S. as part of a giving pledge.
The organization says it is one of four Indiana and two Indianapolis nonprofit organizations to receive a major gift from Scott.