Akron, OH, November 1, 2022 — The Akron Urban League today announced a transformational gift that will allow the organization to build capacity and enhance the reach of its empowerment programs. Philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott donated $2.4 million, the largest single contribution in its 97-year history.
“We are honored and grateful that Ms. Scott and her team have recognized the Akron Urban League’s value and impact on the community,” President and CEO Teresa LeGrair said. “By placing racial equity and social justice at the forefront of her philanthropic mission, Ms. Scott is shining a much-needed spotlight on the nation’s structural and institutional limitations and showing the significance of the Akron Urban League’s efforts to promote and advance economic self-reliance, equity, power, and civil rights for those who have been historically underserved. Lastly, while this gift allows for aspirational planning, it is important that our local investors and partners continue to support the relevant and impactful programmatic efforts our community deserves.”
The affiliate will use the contribution to continue its mission to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Summit County, focused on health equity, k-12 and adult education, workforce development, minority-owned businesses, training, and DEI initiatives.
The Akron Urban League is one of 25 Urban League affiliates around the nation that received similar donations from Ms. Scott, who in 2019 signed The Giving Pledge, a promise by the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to charitable causes.