Jeff Bezos gives Dolly Parton $100 million to spend on charities of her choice : NPR
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Dolly Parton has famously used her success to help others, especially in the fields of literacy and education. She just received a huge boost in those efforts: a $100 million gift from billionaire Jeff Bezos.
“You said one hundred million?!” Parton said after Bezos announced the gift over the weekend.
Parton can use the money to support any charity she chooses, similar to the deal Bezos made last year when he gave $100 million each to the humanitarian chef. José Andrés and activist/mathematician Van Jones.
“I try to put my money where my heart is,” Parton said received the Courage and Justice award. “I will do my best to do good things with this money.”
I try to put my money where my heart is. I will try my best to do good things with this money ❤️ Thank you @JeffBezos #LaurenSanchez https://t.co/8RHh51z3jT
– Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) November 13, 2022
Parton Ongoing charity projects include the Imagination LibraryA popular literacy effort is now ending up sending out its 200 millionth free book to young children in five countries.
After receiving the award last year, Andrés pledge half the amount to seed the Climate Disaster Fund, amplifying the fund’s existing efforts to help communities cope with life-threatening conditions. His group also rushed over provide hot meals for Ukrainians after the large-scale invasion of Russia.
Unlike Andrés, Jones was not running a global charity when he was selected for the Bezos award. In an update on his monetization plan earlier this year, Jones said that while he knew that many nonprofits could use a portion of the $100 million, he assembled a team to look for strategies that could benefit people in the long run. in struggling black, brown and poor communities.
“Fortunately, I can take the time to strategize and think about the process,” says Jones. “Bezos has given award recipients 10 years to disburse.”
Unlike last year’s award, Bezos doesn’t announced his greatness shortly after returning from space – a juxtaposition that immediately calls into question his commitment to helping others.