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MacKenzie Bezos, who has received more than $ 35 billion in her divorce from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has signed the Giving Pledge and committed to providing more than half of her wealth for charitable or philanthropic purposes.
"We Both Come to the gifts we offer through an infinite range of influences and happy breaks that we can never quite understand," Bezos wrote in a letter announcing her promise. "In addition to the fortune that has given me life, I can disproportionately share a lot of money."
As one of the richest women in the world – and as the ex-wife of a billionaire who has not signed the gift promise – Bezos is the most well-known name on the list of new signatories of the pledge.
Jeff Bezos celebrated the news and said on Twitter : "MacKenzie will be amazing and thoughtful and effective in philanthropy, and I'm proud of her."
MacKenzie Bezos, a novelist, quoted from Annie Dillard's The Writing Life:
on her promise: "Do not hoard what looks good for a later place in the book or for another book The impulse, something Good for a better place to save is the signal to spend it now, something more will arise for later, something better … Anything you do not give freely and amply will be lost to you .You open your safe and find ashes . "
By signing the donation pledge, wealthy benefactors promise to give away more than half their wealth, either during their lifetime or after their death. The organization does not require the donors to list the organizations or reasons they want to support with most of their assets.
Bezos said she will think carefully about how she distributes the money. And, which may be an indication that she intends to go far beyond the promise of giving away more than half of her money, she added, "It will take time and effort and care, but I will not wait. And I will continue until the safe is empty. "
In the past, MacKenzie Bezos has supported various social and charitable initiatives, from funding cancer and Alzheimer's research to promoting gender equality. And she is currently the executive director of the Bystander Revolution, an anti-bullying group she founded in 2013.
By the end of 2018, Bezos and her then-husband announced that they would spend $ 2 billion to help homeless families. And they donated millions to TheDream.US, which offers scholarship grants to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as minors.
The Giving Pledge was launched in 2010 by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet. And while it has been praised for giving very public inspiration to anyone who wants to help others, the pledge has also been criticized for the lack of a legal enforcement tool.
Those who sign the pledge morally agree to give more than half of their wealth for charity or charity, "the group's website says, and wealthy donors use the organization to share ideas How they can effectively use their money is not pooling their funds for a common goal.
To make matters worse, many affluent signatories of the pledge create family foundations and charitable foundations – Steps This may have the potential to spread their wealth However, it may also be difficult to determine when their personal pledge has been fulfilled.
More than 200 wealthy philanthropists have pledged to do so, the group announced on Tuesday, with other notable new pledges being Pinterest co-founder Paul Sciarra and his wife Jennifer, the WhatsApp Co-founder Brian Acton and his wife Tegan and Ryan D. "Jume" Jumonville, owner of the healthcare company United Networks of America.
This year's pledge class also includes Stewart and Sandy Bainum, whose assets are in part attributable to Stewart Bainum's long standing leadership positions with Choice Hotels International and Artis Senior Living.
The Bainums made their promises and wrote:
"Historically, we have had to quietly allocate our philanthropic capital, but we believe that joining The Giving Pledge could motivate others, and we are particularly proud of it that this promise also expresses the wishes of our two sons, who share the conviction that one's highest calling is to change the lives of others. "