Greater Watertown Community Foundation Receives $5 Million Dollar Grant

(Watertown) The Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation has received a $5-million dollar donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. Foundation officials said in a news release that the funding will help accelerate the work of its Every Child Thrives initiative. The program in Dodge and Jefferson counties brings together dozens of groups to help promote kindergarten readiness and early classroom success.

Foundation President and CEO Tina Crave says they are (quote) “humbled and honored” by the gift. She says they were interviewed in the spring by a consulting firm representing an anonymous donor who wanted to learn more about regional partners, resources and shared goals. Crave says the selection was validation that their work is on the right track.

MacKenzie Scott is the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.