Motown Museum, ACCESS, & More Supported in MacKenzie Scott’s Latest Round of Giving

The philanthropist has donated $2.7 billion to 286 organizations across the country
Motown Museum  - MacKenzie Scott
The Motown Museum has received a $5 million grant from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. // Photograph courtesy of Motown Museum

The Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) in Dearborn and Detroit’s Motown Museum, Allied Media Projects, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and Mosaic Youth Theatre are among the organizations that have received donations in MacKenzie Scott’s latest round of giving.

The philanthropist — who was married to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos from 1993-2019 and has pledged to give a majority of her wealth back to the society that helped generate it — announced today that she has donated $2.7 billion to 286 organizations across the country. Her goal, according to a Medium post she published today, is to support “high-impact organizations in categories and communities that have been historically underfunded and overlooked.”

While the amount that was donated to each organization was not disclosed, the Motown Museum’s CEO and Chairwoman Robin Terry shared that the institution received a $5 million grant from Scott. The money will go toward funding the museum’s operations and expansion.

“Motown Museum is just over the moon that Mackenzie Scott selected us to be one of her nonprofit gift recipients,” says Terry in a press release. “As a leading cultural institution, Ms. Scott felt a powerful connection to our mission of inspiring future generations — particularly youth and people of color in Detroit — to identify and amplify the power of their unique artistic talents and extraordinary entrepreneurial aspirations. This generous and meaningful $5 million gift significantly impacts our ongoing fundraising efforts and brings us closer to bringing the expanded Motown Museum to our Detroit community and visitors from around the world.”

During her last round of funding — in which she gave back $4.2 billion to 384 organizations — Scott donated to United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Easterseals Michigan, Invest Detroit, Forgotten Harvest, the YWCA of Metropolitan Detroit, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. The latter received $10 million.