Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has given Blue Ventures (BV) the largest donation in its history to support marine conservation work to rebuild fisheries with coastal communities. This sizeable and unprecedented gift provides a transformational opportunity for BV to scale up its reach and impact at a crucial time for people and the ocean.
The donation is part of $4 billion of giving Scott has made over the past year to a select group of high-impact organisations focused on equity that she published in a Medium post on Wednesday. Scott said that she chose organisations that support “the needs of underrepresented people from groups of all kinds” and “the ability of all people to participate in solutions,” stressing that “equity can only be realized when all people involved have an opportunity to help shape it.”
“We’re humbled to receive such a significant donation,” said Blue Ventures’ Executive Director Alasdair Harris. “It’s recognition of Blue Ventures’ founding commitment to put people and human rights at the heart of conservation and will enable us to raise our sights to a new level of ambition, making a difference for more coastal communities than ever before.”
At a time when the ocean has never been so vital, nor so threatened, Blue Ventures will use the gift to drive catalytic, multi-year funding to local organisations on the frontlines of the ocean emergency, so that they can work directly with communities to restore marine life, safeguard livelihoods and rebuild fisheries.
“This incredible commitment from MacKenzie Scott will help unlock the ambitious goals of our Thriving Fishers, Thriving Oceans strategic plan,” said Blue Ventures’ newly appointed Chair, Fiona Holmes.
“But we’re just getting started, and we need the help of all our supporters to build on this momentum. Let’s create a world where fishers have bigger catches and better livelihoods, and where healthy seas teem with life for generations to come,” she said.