Author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott announced today that she has made an unrestricted transformational gift to Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford.
“Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford is humbled and awed by the generosity of this incredible gift,” said President & CEO Sara Ray Stoelinga. “We are so grateful to Ms. Scott for investing in our mission and work. This grant will be invested in Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford’s work in the disability and early childhood spaces and will enable us to build organizational sustainability for the long-term.”
Scott signed the Giving Pledge in 2019 and has since donated to more than 100 nonprofits working in areas of interest to her, from racial justice and LGBTQ equality to climate change and global health. All beneficiaries have been selected, Scott said, for their leadership’s “track record of effective management and significant impact in their areas of expertise.” Scott continued, “I gave each organization a contribution and encouraged them to spend it on whatever they believe best serves their efforts.”
Since 1936, Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford has been working to make profound, positive differences in people's lives every day, focusing in the disability and early childhood spaces. Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford has two core programming pillars: Direct service provider of Comprehensive Autism & Behavioral Services (CABS) and a leading provider of Early Learning & Development Services (ELDS). Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Rockford also has select programming to enable capacity building to amplify impact in these service areas. Easterseals serves nearly 30,000 individuals in programs across the Chicagoland and the greater Rockford area in Illinois, proudly employing more than 600 dedicated professionals.
Easterseals serving Chicagoland and Greater Rockford is one of 21 Easterseals Affiliates from across the country to benefit from Scott's philanthropy to support life-changing services and powerful advocacy for individuals and communities in need.
MacKenzie Scott announces this news on December 15, 2020 in her Medium article called 384 Ways to Help