$10M gift from Bezos’ ex-wife lifts Harlem dance troupe

When pandemic regulations shut down the performing arts industry in New York, the Dance Theatre of Harlem had financial reserves of just $200,000.

This week MacKenzie Scott, philanthropist and ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, surprised the ballet company and school with a $10 million gift.

“It’s astonishing to be 52 years old and never have had any reserves,” said Anna Glass, the company’s executive director. 

Glass’ organization is one of 53 recipients that are either based in New York City or have offices or major programs in the five boroughs—nearly 20% of the 286 organizations that Scott donated $2.7 billion to this week. Individual gift

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