On June 15, 2021, MacKenzie Scott announced her most recent round of generosity: a $2.7 billion philanthropic investment. Ms. Scott, Dan Jewett, and “a constellation of researchers and administrators” set out to support “high-impact organizations in categories and communities that have been historically underfunded and overlooked.” Even though a few months have passed, it’s safe to assume that the 286 organizations focused on nonprofit infrastructure, community-centered services, and education are still surprised, excited, and energized to make an impact with the new funding. In fact, we can do more than assume, as Charity Navigator was one of the nonprofits supported. The funds we received will go a long way in accelerating the work outlined in our 2026 Strategic Plan.
In May 2021, we analyzed Ms. Scott’s first round of giving in 2020 and found that 90% of the nonprofits supported were highly rated by Charity Navigator (having 3 and 4-Stars or scoring 75 or above through our Encompass Rating System). It was heartening to find that our evaluations, which we make available to donors for free, aligned so closely with the due diligence Ms. Scott and her team underwent when selecting grantees.
How the 2021 Giving Aligns with Charity Navigator Ratings
With another generous investment into the nonprofit sector, we were once again curious to see how MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett’s giving aligned with our ratings. Below are our findings:
- 186 nonprofits (65%) supported received 3 or 4 Stars via our Star Rating System or received a score of 75 or above via our Encompass Rating System. Both of these achievements come with a ‘Give with Confidence’ designation.
- 22 nonprofits (7%) were rated 2 Stars or less, or had received an Encompass score of 74 or lower (a failing score). These organizations do not earn a ‘Give with Confidence’ designation.
- 61 nonprofits (21%) were unrated by Charity Navigator. Nonprofits are not rated by Charity Navigator for a variety of reasons. For example, the nonprofit may not meet our tax filing criteria to be rated, the organization may fall within specific types of organizational groups that we do not rate (see here), or it may be a foreign entity and not a U.S. tax exempt charitable organization.
Here’s a visual representation of the rating breakdown: