Influenced by Warren Buffet and the Giving Pledge, MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon's Jeff Bezos, has given away $4.16 Million Dollars to various organizations.
Here in Texas, she donated millions to Prairie View A&M University which is a mostly black university down the road from Houston, and more millions to Texas A&M International University at Laredo (Texas) which is mostly Hispanic. Both are well-regarded satellite campus/universities of The Texas A&M University System.
Closer to home, MacKenzie Scott's also donated to the YMCA of Greater Houston, Easter Seals of Greater Houston, and Meals on Wheels of Greater Montgomery County (which is one of the counties that borders Houston/Harris County).
I read that most of MacKenzie Scott's money comes from the Amazon stock she received in her divorce/community property settlement. I have to say that, although I swear each order off Amazon will be my last and that I will not contribute further to Jeff Bezos, the thought that at least a few of my pennies spent there have now gone to deserving causes makes me happy.
Have you read about any donations in your area? Here is an NPR article that tells a little more.
I am hoping that the children of Sam Walton and the owners of the Walmart stock will step up to the plate next. Alice, Jim, and Rob Walton are the 10th, 11th, and 12th richest on the Forbes List just above MacKenzie at 13.
Above the Waltons are numbers 1-9: Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffet, Larry Ellison, Steve Ballmer, Elon Musk, Larry Page, and Sergey Brin.
I feel like sending all 400 on the Forbes 400 List a challenge reminding them that without all of us little people they would not have their fortunes. Some like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet has made nice donations but we all, including my social security based income, should do a better job of helping those in need.
Anybody want to contribute to Barbara's Go Fund Me account? Hahahaha. Just kidding.
Here is my Christmas gift to myself. Two 8x10 photo stands from Shutterfly.com using the pictures of last year's attendance at the Christmas Carol play at the Alley.
More later ....