MacKenzie Scott Donates $20 Million to African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott recently donated an impressive $2.74 billion to 286 organizations—with one of those lucky institutions being the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, which is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Founded in 2017, the Fund began as a $25 million campaign that sought to ensure the preservation of numerous African American historic sites across the country.

Speaking about this generous donation, Paul Edmondson, the President and CEO of the National Trust, said in a statement, “This generous contribution will be transformative for the Action Fund.” He added, “These funds will be used to advance the Action Fund’s mission of protecting and telling the story of historic places that have been overlooked in American history, and that represent centuries of African American activism, achievement, and resilience.”

Since its creation nearly four years ago, the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund has raised over $30 million, thanks to the Ford, Mellon, and JPB Foundations, as well as other funders (read more about its work here!). Additionally, the Action Fund has awarded grants to a total of 65 African American historic sites—and it has also invested upwards of $4.3 million towards the preservation of historic buildings and landscapes throughout the U.S.

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SOURCE: House Beautiful, Mary Elizabeth Andriotis

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