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MacKenzie Scott’s $226M to Michigan nonprofits ‘changed the face of philanthropy’

February 22, 2023

Kelley Kuhn, president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association, told MiBiz that these donations have been instrumental for the state.

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“Needs in our communities continue to be great as the cost of food and other basic needs have increased,” Kuhn said. “Michigan’s nonprofits play a key role in keeping the state’s economy moving and are providing critical services to our local communities and families.”

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MacKenzie Scott’s $226M to Michigan nonprofits ‘changed the face of philanthropy’

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BY MARGOT AMOUYALThursday, February 09, 2023 08:18pm

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William Coderre received a “cryptic” email last summer saying a private philanthropist wanted to donate $1.1 million to his organization.

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Coderre, president and CEO of Kentwood-based Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes, shrugged off the message as another in an endless stream of spam emails the organization receives.

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“I get this cryptic email that a generous philanthropist would like to give our organization money,” Coderre said. “With spam, we are constantly getting emails that someone wants to give us money … so I’m skeptical.”

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However, Coderre received a phone call from Seattle a few days later. It was from the office of billionaire philanthropist and novelist MacKenzie Scott. The email was real: Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes would be awarded $1.1 million in unrestricted funds from Scott.

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Read the full article here.

Original Article: https://mibiz.com/sections/nonprofits/mackenzie-scott-s-226m-to-michigan-nonprofits-changed-t

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