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Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott donates $10 million to YMCA of South Hampton Roads, largest gift in organization's history

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Posted at 1:35 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 13:35:07-05

Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott donated $10 million to the YMCA of South Hampton Roads as part of $4.1 billion in philanthropic donations she gave to hundreds of charities and organizations across the nation.

The gift is the largest in the YMCA of South Hampton Roads' history.

“Our Y is filled with gratitude and thankfulness in Mackenzie Scott’s recognition of the Y's contributions to the communities we serve, specifically in the areas of child care during the pandemic, our ability to pivot our Centers by distributing and collecting food for those in need, and our commitment to diversity & inclusion practices,” said Anthony Walters, president and CEO of the YMCA of South Hampton Roads, in a statement.

The gift will allow the Y to continue its response to child care needs, deliver virtual wellness services and strengthen its efforts to provide essential programs to the Hampton Roads community, the organization said.

Scott said in a December 15 statement that 384 nonprofits were chosen as part of her giving effort. Locally, she also gave $40 million to Norfolk State University - the largest gift the historically Black university has ever received.