Mackenzie Scott Makes Historic Gift, Ensuring a Strong YMCA of Delaware for Generations

Wilmington, Delaware, December 15, 2020 –The YMCA of Delaware is excited to announce that they are the recipient of a transformational donation from author and philanthropist Mackenzie Scott. Scott, one of the richest women in the world, signed a giving pledge in 2019, promising to distribute her wealth to others. Her latest generosity provides 4.1 million dollars to 384 non-profit organizations across all 50 states with the YMCA of Delaware receiving 10 million dollars.

“We are so grateful for this historic gift which will go a long way in helping us to recover from the losses sustained by the pandemic, and it will allow us to continue to deliver our mission during our community’s greatest time of need, said Deborah Bagatta- Bowles, President and CEO of the YMCA of Delaware. “We will have an opportunity to expand our Covid-19 response efforts including hunger relief, emergency childcare for essential workers, remote learning support centers as well as strengthen our work in fighting racism and inequities in our communities,” said Bagatta- Bowles.

The YMCA of Delaware has lost millions in revenue due to the shutdown and mandated safety protocols, which have reduced memberships and capacities in programs like summer camp, swim lessons and more.   The YMCA also offers subsidized programs for those in need and typically distributes 5.5 million dollars in financial assistance annually, which now has the potential to grow with this generous gift. Although the Y has been facing a significant shortfall, the organization continues to provide substantial financial assistance and has prioritized immediate needs created by Covid-19 as well as increased focus on racial equity.

“Mackenzie Scott’s gift could not have been more perfectly timed or more appreciated. We hope that her example will inspire other donors to support the YMCA as a changemaker,” said Bagatta- Bowles.

A strong Y has the power to improve community health outcomes, strengthen academic results, support working families, fuel economic growth, and bring people from all walks of life together.


About the YMCA of Delaware

The YMCA of Delaware is Delaware’s largest nonprofit organization committed to empowering youth, fostering healthy living, and promoting strong communities. With seven branches statewide, a youth resource center, and an overnight camp and conference center in Worton, Maryland, the Y has developed longstanding relationships and a physical presence in Delaware so it can deliver lasting personal and social change. We are committed to serving everyone – regardless of age, income or background –nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving Delaware’s health and wellbeing, and creating a healthy, inclusive community where all people reach their full potential.


Our Mission

To empower youth, foster healthy living, and promote strong communities.