The 1st Day Family Foundation of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has allocated $7.5 million in grants to two NGOs in Hawaii.
Family Promise of Hawaii on Oahu received $2.5 million. This contribution became the organization’s largest private donation to date. Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers, Maui’s largest homeless shelter provider, received a $5 million award.
According to the most recent federal data, one in thirty children in Hawaii experience homelessness each year. About 3,200 Hawaii public school students experienced homelessness last year, according to state data.
According to Ryan Catalani, executive director of Family Promise of Hawaii, the grant will be used to provide temporary housing to families in need, as well as case management and other general assistance. Thousands of homeless families were served by NGOs, which enabled them to quickly return to their permanent residences.
Gov.-elect Josh Green said it was a step forward in addressing those concerns and creating a cabinet to address the state’s housing and homelessness issues. Both the governor-elect and Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi have pledged to work together to solve Hawaii’s housing crisis. Both emphasized the importance of increasing home inventory and cracking down on illegal vacation rentals.
Before that, Jeff Bezos promised to give most of his wealth to someone else and donated 123 million dollars.
The Amazon founder announced on Instagram that he has just awarded 40 grants as part of the Bezos Day 1 Family Fund initiative he started in 2018. These contributions are part of an overall $2 billion commitment to fight homelessness.
Jeff also said he would use most of his fortune to fight climate change and support people who can bring humanity together in the face of important social and political conflicts.
This is the first time the billionaire has revealed his plans to give up most of his fortune. Critics have previously chastised Bezos for refusing to sign the Giving Pledge, which hundreds of the world’s richest people sign to give the majority of their wealth to charity.
Bezos said giving away his wealth goes beyond the Giving Pledge.figuring out how to leverage it.”
“It’s not easy. Amazon wasn’t easy to build. It took a lot of hard work, very smart teammates, hard-working teammates, and I find — and I think Lauren finds the same thing — philanthropy, philanthropy is very similar. I think there’s a lot of things you can do that are ineffective. there is a way. So you have to think about it carefully and you have to have bright people in the team.” said Jeff Bezos.
Bezos and his partner Lauren Sanchez also made waves by presenting Dolly Parton with the Courage and Citizenship Award, which came with a $100 million donation to Parton’s charity work. Similar scholarships were awarded to chef José Andrés, who used part of the money to feed Ukrainians and climate activists.
The Salvation Army, the Denver Metro Area, Mother Nation: Presenting the Beauty and Strength of Local Families in Seattle and the Homeless Alliance in Oklahoma City are among the groups Bezos is funding in this grant round.
The Bezos family foundation has donated nearly $520 million to 167 organizations in the United States.
This was reported by the institution’s press service. “With these funds, organizations will continue their compassionate, needle-moving work to help families transition from unsheltered homelessness and shelters to permanent housing with the services they require to achieve stability.”
Contributing to the wave, Bezos’ ex-wife Mackenzie Scott announced that she donated $2 billion to various causes. In less than a year, Scott contributed nearly $4 billion to 465 groups.