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Local Girl Scouts organization receives $800,000 donation from MacKenzie Scott

Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has donated $800,000 to the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline.

Scott, the third richest woman in the United States, is a novelist and the ex-wife of Jeff Bezos.

The donation will allow the organization to provide life-changing experiences, mentorship and programming, according to a press release.

The donation comes just after October 11, which was the International Day of the Girl Child and the Day of Giving to Women and Girls.

Scott’s donation is part of an $84.5 million gift to Girls Scouts of the USA and 29 local councils selected by Scott. The donation is the largest the GSUSA has received from an individual in its history.

At the local level, the donation will provide opportunities to reach more girls through high-impact programs and invest in trained local volunteers and staff.

“We are extremely grateful to MacKenzie Scott for her support and belief in the Girl Scout movement,” GSVSC CEO Nikki Williams said in a press release. “His investment will support member retention and growth in the Virginia Skyline area and help us grow our innovative programs and volunteer systems.”

With over 5,000 members in 36 counties, the GSVSC headquarters is in Roanoke and camp properties are in Albemarle, Roanoke and Bedford counties.

The local impact of Scott’s donation will be seen in GSVS’s leadership opportunities for girls, including expanding focus on career readiness and mental wellbeing, and girls’ access to STEM exploration, investing in girls, and advancing the organization’s recovery from the effects of the COVID -19 pandemic.

“We so appreciate MacKenzie Scott’s gift to the Girl Scouts. It’s a great accelerator for our ongoing efforts to help girls cultivate the skills and relationships needed to lead in their own communities and the world,” GSUSA CEO Sofia Chang said in the press release. “The support of all of our donors, including this generous support from Scott, is essential to carrying out our work of reimagining and transformation. We’re thrilled to prove just how much MacKenzie Scott’s investment in girls will change the world, because when one girl succeeds, we all succeed.