Last December when the YMCA of Greater Omaha was struggling financially — as many businesses and organizations were during the pandemic — billionaire MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, stepped up to help with a $10 million donation. According to a release, the organization has a plan for the gift that couldn’t have come at a better time.
Using a community-led approach, the YMCA outlined five initiatives for the funds which include:
- Equity and Inclusion
- Infrastructure Improvements
- Employee Equity & Development
- Technology & Innovation
- Organizational Sustainability
The funds will help fund “more accessible pools and park equipment, e-sports and facilities updates, in addition to increasing the minimum wage at Omaha Ys to $11/hour.”