Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities receives $6M from MacKenzie Scott’s nationwide donation
Youth mentor programs in the Twin Cities area just received a big donation.
Tuesday morning, Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities (BBBSTC) announced it has received a donation worth $6 million.
The donation stems from a total of $122.6 million given to Big Brothers Big Sisters across the country by MacKenzie Scott, which is said to be the largest donation from a single person in the organization’s history.
BBBS says the funds will help transform youth mentoring in the Twin Cities area.
Pat Sukhum, the CEO of BBBSTC issued the following statement regarding the donation:
“I was euphoric, downright gleeful, when I received the news. I’ve never gushed like that on a phone call. Our gratitude is through the roof. What a remarkable example of giving to inspire even greater philanthropy for our community and passion for our mission. Married with the incredible generosity of our current supporters, this gift, which approximately amounts to our annual operating budget, will enable us to collaborate with our youth to boost our impact in unprecedented ways. We have always had a tremendous responsibility to our community. Our focus now turns to maximizing this opportunity to best support the children and families of the Twin Cities.”Pat Sukhum, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities
BBBSTC says it serves roughly 3,000 kids and young adults ages 8-22 in the region.
Scott’s donation brings her 2022 donation total to $1.5 billion so far. Since 2020, she has donated $12.5 billion to more than 1,200 nonprofits.
The philanthropist was previously married to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and in their divorce settlement, she received a quarter of Bezos’ Amazon shares, according to Forbes.