Boys & Girls Clubs of White Earth get $1.25M gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

The local gift is part of a $281 million donation she made to Boys & Girls clubs around the country.

Exterior front entrance of the Boys and Girls Club in Pine Point.
The Boys and Girls Club in Pine Point is shown in this 2017 photo.
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WHITE EARTH — The Boys & Girls Clubs of the White Earth Reservation have received a gift of $1.25 million from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

The donation is part of Scott’s larger collective gift of $281 million to 62 Boys & Girls Clubs of America, one of the largest individual donations in the organization’s 160-year history.

As one of the nation’s largest youth-serving organizations, Boys & Girls clubs play a significant role in the lives of more than four million young people each year. More than 4,700 clubs anchored in communities across the country provide safe places, caring mentors, and essential skill-building after school and during the summer.

White Earth Nation Boys & Girls Club Interim Chief Executive Officer James Hvezda said in a news release that young people face an unprecedented number of obstacles to their success and well-being. Studies show a lack of access to technology, positive mentors and guidance, food insecurity and other critical factors can cause long-term setbacks and trauma for millions of young people.

Boys & Girls Clubs are built with a foundation of inclusion and sense of belonging, offering ways for youth to achieve their full potential in a safe environment while having fun. Clubs offer homework help, STEM learning activities, culture and language activities, sports and recreation, the arts, life-enhancing leadership opportunities and more.


White Earth Boys & Girls Clubs help kids, families and communities close the opportunity gap, ensuring young people have access to experience and opportunities that change their lives for the better.

For more information call Hvezda at 218-983-3285 EXT 3206 or email .

Since divorcing Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in 2019, MacKenzie Scott has donated some $8.6 billion to 780-plus organizations focused on gender equality, racial justice, public health and more. Scott’s fortune is worth about $59 billion, according to an estimate by Forbes magazine.

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