CDU Receives $20 Million Donation from Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott
Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has made a $20 million donation to CDU, a one-time gift that represents the largest private donation in the history of the University.
“CDU has been on a tireless pursuit to cultivate diverse health professional leaders dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations,” said Dr. David M. Carlisle, CEO and President of CDU. “This investment will advance that goal by providing resources to support and enhance our outstanding education, research, clinical service, and community engagement. We are truly grateful for MacKenzie Scott’s generosity and dedication to important issues around social justice.”
After her 2019 divorce from Jeff Bezos, Scott signed the Giving Pledge commitment to give away at least half of her wealth. Since then she has given away more than $12 billion and has personally donated more than $500 million to public and private HBCUs
“The mission of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science is noble, and it takes noble people like MacKenzie Scott to help bring it to fruition.” stated, Benjamin Quillian, PhD, Chair of CDU’s Board of Trustees. “This kind act will have a ripple effect that starts with our students and ends with improved health outcomes in under-resourced neighborhoods.”