Mackenzie Scott donates millions to Ohio nonprofits

Birthing Beautiful Communities 2024

MacKenzie Scott, the billionaire philanthropist and author, is donating $640 million to small nonprofits through her charitable organization, Yield Giving.

Thirteen million dollars are going to seven organizations all across Ohio, many of which are working to improve life for women in the community.

Chantel Tolbert and her team at Birthing Beautiful Communities were ecstatic when they found out they would be receiving a $2 million donation from MacKenzie Scott.

“To receive a grant like this, it really elevates our work, and it proves that we really do have great outcomes and we’re able to tackle a critical issue that exists in our community and other communities throughout the U.S.,” Tolbert said.

Tackling the issues of mothers having poor experiences with maternal health is the reason Birthing Beautiful Communities was founded. 

“We work with expectant and new mothers and we provide them with a perinatal support doula. That Doula walks with them throughout that journey of pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum, ensuring that the baby and the mom makes it to the first birthday,” Tolbert said.


A critical issue that Joyce Fitzpatrick, professor of nursing at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, is passionate about. 

“So compared to other developed countries, our statistics are alarming that we have higher maternal mortality. We also have issues with morbidity, meaning there are complications with the birthing process that should not occur if we listened to women,” Fitzpatrick said.

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