Monsoon receives generous gift from MacKenzie Scott

Des Moines, IA – Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity is immensely grateful to MacKenzie Scott, a novelist and philanthropist, for being chosen this year, under her Yield Giving initiative, as one of thousands of recipients of her donations to nonprofit organizations in recent years.

Yield Giving was established by Scott to share her financial fortune, and is named after a belief in adding value by giving up control. Since 2020, Scott has given more than $14 billion to nonprofit organizations.

Her generous gift to Monsoon will further support us not only in sustaining our services to victims/survivors of gender-based violence, but also bolster broader community efforts in addressing and responding to populations that have been facing marginalization and oppressions for centuries.

Since 2003, Monsoon has been immersed in intervention and prevention of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Iowa – and beyond – as well as extending services to any community members who experience abandonment. And we could not do this alone, so we are deeply indebted to all our allies who have collaborated and stood by us over the years.

The funds will help Monsoon focus on strengthening services for victims of gender-based violence; improving operational structures, including retention of staff; augmenting community voices seeking visibility and justice in official spaces; and diversifying funding sources by drawing interest from privileged entities.


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