As communities across the globe fight for stability, basic human services, and social equity and justice, the announcement of an unsolicited $20 million donation from MacKenzie Scott to United Way Suncoast is set to exponentially transform our region for years to come. The largest gift in our 96-year history will be used to meet the growing needs of the most vulnerable in our community.
The gift is part of $4.2B that she has donated to 384 organizations over the last four months. For more information on her philanthropic efforts and how the decisions were made, read her blog post.
“Ignited by the generosity of one selfless donor, this gift will have a ripple effect on millions. Overnight, the game has changed. Impact will no longer be measured in years – it will be measured for generations,” says Jessica Muroff, CEO. “This gift is truly transformational. It will allow us to work deeper in our communities, more powerfully leverage our great partnerships and, most importantly, build more pathways to success for families in our communities.”
We will work with our board of directors to strategically build an implementation plan to ensure our ability to transform the community through this donation. The unrestricted gift will reinforce our steadfast commitment to serving the region’s ALICE population. In 2020, this population of households that earn above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford a bare-bones household budget, hit record levels. Additionally, we are already in a multi-year strategic planning phase that will help guide the investment strategy.
“A gift of this magnitude will be life-changing for so many in the community. And, through this, our communities will be healthier. Our students will have more success. Our families will have more earning potential. Our communities will see more equity,” said Daniel Vigne, Board Chairman. “It’s validation of the leadership and impact United Way Suncoast makes on the health and safety of our community.”
We will use the gift to further our mission of improving lives and creating lasting community change by mobilizing the caring people of our communities to give, advocate and volunteer throughout the five counties we serve.