MacKenzie Scott donates $1 million to Habitat for Humanity in Las Vegas


Habitat for Humanity of Las Vegas received a $1 million grant from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott as part of her overall gift to the international organization – her largest public donation since pledging to donate the majority of his wealth in 2019.

On Tuesday, Habitat for Humanity announced that billionaire and ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos had donated $436 million to the organization and 84 of its U.S. affiliates.

The local group Habitat intends to use the unrestricted funds “intentionally” to develop a strategy to increase its house building capacity.

This comes at a time when Las Vegas, once considered one of the best affordable cities in the country, is seeing rapidly rising prices for home values ​​and rentals. A recent report by Zillow found that rent in the Las Vegas area was up 32.9% from February 2020. Additionally, Las Vegas Realtors, a trade group, found that the median sale price of homes previously owned single-family homes had increased by 26.8% between February 2021 and 2022. .

“We are very grateful for Ms. Scott’s generous donation to Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas, which allows us to provide more deserving families with new affordable housing options through homeownership,” said the executive director. Angela Phillips in a press release Wednesday. “Given the shortage of affordable housing in Las Vegas, we hope this will encourage our community to contribute and stand alongside Habitat to fulfill and align with our goal of impacting our future and lives. families we serve in Las Vegas.”

Habitat International, the nonprofit’s parent organization, intends to use its $25 million share of the donation to advocate for policy proposals and legislation that would combat racism. systemic in housing, according to the press release.

Scott, who regularly declines to comment on his donations and instead lets the organization share the news, donated $5 million to Communities in Schools of Nevada last month.

McKenna Ross is a corps member of Report for America, a national service program that places reporters in local newsrooms. Contact her at [email protected] To follow @mckenna_ross_ on Twitter.


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