Many argue that no recent act of giving has impacted the field of philanthropy more than MacKenzie Scott awarding more than $14 billion in less than two years. In addition to the breadth and amount of dollars gifted, Scott’s philanthropy has been remarkable because of its unrestricted funding and multi-year gifts, which follow the recent rise in trust-based philanthropy.
Our team at Panorama Global wanted to examine Scott’s windfall grantmaking in order to learn from it and share those insights across the philanthropy sector. Earlier this year we launched a new initiative with that goal, Collaborative Learning from Impact Philanthropy.
As we examined where and what Scott’s funding was allocated to, we found that even such generosity left certain swaths of the country with minimal Scott funding, as well as certain equity issues that remained to be funded.
Here, we’ll review some of our key findings, including a breakdown of the geographies, issue areas, and gaps Scott funded through March 2022 — and those she did not...