Originally published: October 31, 2022
Pittsburgh Business Times

The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh has received a $6 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

It’s the largest single contribution in the organization’s history.

“We’re honored and grateful that Ms. Scott and her team have recognized the Urban League’s value and impact to the community,” President and CEO Carlos T. Carter said in a release. “By placing racial equity and social justice at the forefront of her philanthropic mission, Ms. Scott is shining a much-needed spotlight on the nation’s structural and institutional limitations and helping to build a stronger, more resilient society for everyone.”

The Urban League said it plans to determine the “most impactful use” of Scott’s contribution as part of its strategic planning process that will begin in Jan. 2023. The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh is one of 25 Urban League affiliate organizations that received similar donations from Scott.

“The timing is perfect,” Carlos said. “Thanks to the efforts of past and present staff, board members, volunteers, and supporters leading up to this moment, we are poised to create meaningful change. Yet, the barriers faced by those we serve remain as high as ever and developing a level playing field requires a robust and sustained effort. Now more than ever the needs of the community require increased funds to construct bridges to economic self-reliance.”

Scott, who was previously married to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, has a net worth of $30.6B, according to Forbes. She has donated to a number of organizations across the country, including several in the Pittsburgh region.