Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott and her husband, Dan Jewett, recently donated $8 million to the National Museum of Mexican Art.
The funds are unrestricted, meaning the organization may use them as administrators see fit, rather than for a specific purpose determined by the donor. The $8 million was the largest donation in the history of the National Museum of Mexican Art, which is located at 1852 W. 19th St. It reopened July 1 after closing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“This generous gift will have a lasting and transformative impact on our organization and the community we serve,” museum founder Carlos Tortolero said. “Thank you to Ms. Scott and Mr. Jewett for honoring our work and that of the artists whose vision and voices we seek to amplify in Chicago, the U.S., and throughout the world.”
“Generosity is generative,” Scott said. “Sharing makes more.”
Scott, one of the founders of Amazon, has a net worth of $57 billion, making her the third richest woman in the world, and 21st richest person overall. She also is a novelist and founder of Bystander Revolution, an anti-bullying organization.
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