In a huge donation week for education nonprofit Junior Achievement, philanthropist MacKenzie Scott donated $38.8 million to the organization on Aug. 16. The cast of Shark Tank will also be playing to further benefit the nonprofit on Celebrity Family Feud on Aug. 21.
“It’s been a big week for my organization, Junior Achievement,” said Tonya Villines, Junior Achievement of Arkansas President. “These efforts are among the many that are helping JA ensure the youth of today are prepared for the future of tomorrow.”
Scott’s donation marks the largest single gift in the national organization’s 103-year history and comes as part of the philanthropist’s pledge to give at least half of her wealth to charity. Scott made $5.8 billion in charitable gifts in 2020 and a further $2.7 billion in 2021. Scott’s gift to JA is unrestricted, enabling the nonprofit to allocate the funds however it sees fit.
The episode of Celebrity Family Feud with Team “Shark Tank” will air on ABC at 7 p.m. and feature “sharks” Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec and Emma Grede. Benton native Tonya Villines holds over 23 years of experience in nonprofit management and serves as the key liaison with educators and the business community in driving Junior Achievement’s mission across Arkansas.
Junior Achievement was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Colorado. The nonprofit prepares students across the United States for adulthood through programs that teach career readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
MacKenzie Scott is a novelist and philanthropist who became the third wealthiest woman in the country following the dissolution of her marriage to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
More information about Junior Achievement of Arkansas is available online.