Greater Madison Urban League Receives Multimillion-Dollar Donation

MADISON, Wis. –The Greater Madison Urban League received a multimillion-dollar donation this week that will give the organization additional resources to provide community programming.

MacKenzie Scott – a philanthropist who has donated to several Madison-area groups in the past – recently donated $2.9 million to the organization, making her private donation the largest in its 55-year history. of the affiliate, according to a press release shared on Monday.

“We are honored and grateful that Ms. Scott and her team have recognized the value and impact of Urban League on the community,” said Ruben L. Anthony, Jr., President and CEO of ULGM in a statement. “By placing racial equity and social justice at the forefront of her philanthropic mission, Ms. Scott is exposing the country’s structural and institutional limitations and helping to build a stronger, more resilient society for all.”

The group leaders said they plan to use some of the funds to support the Black Business Hub, with the remaining funds going to the Black Business Hub Accelerator Program and community development programs focused on career readiness, l home ownership assistance and more.

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Construction of the Black Business Center began in April; When completed, the space will provide resources to help Black and BIPOC entrepreneurs network and grow their business ideas.

Scott’s donation brings the project’s fundraising total to $22 million, just $4 million short of the total goal.

Twenty-five Urban League affiliates across the country also received similar donations from Scott. In 2019, the philanthropist signed ‘The Giving Pledge’, promising to donate the majority of her wealth to charitable causes.

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