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Billionaire Gives $35 Million Dollars To Two South Coast Colleges

Biggest gifts in Santa Barbara City College, Cal State Channel Islands history

A billionaire has given two South Coast colleges the biggest gifts in their histories.

Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott donated $20 million dollars to Santa Barbara City College, and $15 million to Cal State Channel Islands. It was part of $2.7 billion dollars in gifts made by Scott and her new husband Dan Jewett.

The gifts were focused on what Scott described online as underfunded and overlooked institutions.

The philanthropist is the ex-wife of billionaire and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. She’s given more than $8 billion dollars to non-profit organizations in the last year. Forbes Magazine estimates her net worth at $59 billion dollars.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.