Inside MacKenzie Scott's recent $18.9 million donation to MakeWay – the largest in its history

The grantmaker is one of the few Canadian organizations to receive funding from billionaire U.S. philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

Why It Matters

MacKenzie Scott, one of the most high-profile trust-based philanthropists in the world, is setting an example to Canadian donors and grantmakers on how to distribute billions of dollars in wealth to changemakers — no strings attached.

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