EASTERSEALS NORTH GEORGIA Among Beneficiaries of MacKenzie Scott Philanthropic Gifts
December 15, 2020 (Atlanta, Georgia) – Author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott announced today that she had made an unrestricted transformational gift to Easter Seals North Georgia. Easter Seals North Georgia is one of 22 Easterseals Affiliates from across the country to benefit from Scott’s philanthropy, in addition to its National Office, to support life-changing services and powerful advocacy for the one in four Americans living with disability today.
In announcing today the 384 organizations to benefit from her philanthropy, Ms. Scott indicated that she’d asked a team of advisors to accelerate her 2020 giving to immediately support people suffering the economic effects of the pandemic. “We do our research and deeper diligence not only to identify organizations with high potential for impact but also to pave the way for unsolicited and unexpected gifts given with full trust and no strings attached,” said Ms. Scott. “Because our research is data-driven and rigorous, our giving process can be human and soft. Not only are non-profits chronically underfunded, but they are also chronically diverted from their work by fundraising and by burdensome reporting requirements that donors often place on them. These 384 carefully selected organizations have dedicated their lives to helping others, working and volunteering and serving real people face-to-face at bedsides and tables, in prisons and courtrooms and classrooms, on streets and hospital wards, and hotlines and frontlines of all types and sizes, day after day after day. They help by delivering vital services and also through the profound encouragement felt each time a person is seen, valued, and trusted by another human being. This kind of encouragement has a special power when it comes from a stranger, and it works its magic on everyone.”
She continued, “The response from these organizations in talking with us often included personal stories and tears which invariably made me and my teammates cry. This kind of chain reaction was captured perfectly by a longtime advocate for people with disabilities: ‘We work with people who have been marginalized for many reasons. Some of our greatest moments of success come through small gestures when a client’s hope is restored. Feeling valued is an amazing sensation. I see the eyes of our clients light up when their efforts are appreciated. Good begets good. I have always believed this, but I have been sorely tested over the past few years.’ Scott added, “Me too.”
Easter Seals North Georgia has been changing the developmental path of 5,000 children annually through our high-quality early education and intervention programs benefitting children with disabilities or other special needs.
“This gift from Ms. Scott represents a transformational gift for Easterseals as we begin our second century of service to people with disabilities in America,” said Easterseals President/CEO Donna Davidson. “These funds will allow us to expand the needs of young children with disabilities and other special needs living in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia so they can start school healthy and ready to learn.”
Ms. Scott signed the Giving Pledge in 2019, a project that encourages billionaires to promise to give away at least half of their wealth throughout their lifetime. Wealthy individuals, including Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates, as well as Reed Hastings and Patty Quillin, have also signed the Giving Pledge.
About Easterseals North Georgia
Dedicated to strengthening children and families at the most critical times in a child’s development, Easterseals North Georgia has been an indispensable resource in the 44 counties that encompass metropolitan Atlanta and North Georgia for over 30 years. We do this by providing early intervention, inclusive high-quality early education, family support, emergency resources, and local and statewide advocacy. Through these comprehensive approaches, we are empowering children, their families, and the community to thrive. The very heart of our work is to build a more inclusive and equitable world, one that ensures all children, no matter their ability, ethnicity, income, gender, or background that they are welcomed and provided with every opportunity to succeed. We are dedicated to ensuring that they receive the support necessary to participate fully in life. To be 100% empowered, 100% included, and 100% capable of realizing their dreams. Learn more at www.eastersealsnorthgeorgia.org.