MacKenzie Scott Donates $20M of her $4.2B to United Way of the DC Area – United Way NCA

Dec 16, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 16, 2020) — Today, United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) is honored to announce that novelist and venture philanthropist, MacKenzie Scott, invested $20 million to the organization as part of her $4.2 billion investment in 384 organizations throughout the country.

“It is an honor for your United Way to be among the 384 high-performing organizations that were vetted and selected for this transformational investment,” said Rosie Allen-Herring, President and CEO, United Way of the National Capital Area. “To be chosen is affirmation and proof that what we are doing as an organization, in support of our partners, business community and neighbors, is working and is critically vital to addressing and combatting the inequities we see in our communities. We are especially grateful and remain excited about the opportunity to continue providing immediate and long-term creative and innovative solutions. This investment is catalytic, and we invite others to join us in these efforts as we expand the work to transform the lives of community members throughout the region.

Ms. Scott’s team of advisors were careful to select 384 organization across 50 states, including Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. to provide nearly $4.2 billion dollars in generous donations to “organizations with strong leadership teams and results, with special attention to those operating in communities facing high projected food insecurity, high measures of racial inequity, high local poverty rates, and low access to philanthropic capital.”

About United Way of the National Capital Area

United Way of the National Capital Area fights for the health, education and economic opportunity of every person in the National Capital community. United Way NCA has been improving lives by creating measurable impact in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties for more than 45 years. For more information about United Way of the National Capital Area, visit