Access Living Receives $8 Million Gift from Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

November 3, 2022 | by Emma Olson

Access Living Receives $8 Million Gift from Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

Funds Will Support Efforts to End Poverty for Disabled People and Expand Community Supports

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CHICAGO — Access Living, a leading disability service and advocacy nonprofit, run and led by disabled people, announced today it received an $8 million gift from billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

The donation is the single largest contribution Access Living has received from an individual donor in its 42-year history of providing critical services and breaking down the systemic barriers people with disabilities confront daily in the city, state and nationwide.

“This extraordinary gift will help us tackle the most pressing issues currently facing the disability community in Chicago and beyond,” said Access Living President and CEO, Karen Tamley, a wheelchair user and lifelong advocate. “It’s a truly life-changing investment for our community and will make an enormous impact in supporting the goals we’ve set for the future.”

Access Living, a Chicago-based Center for Independent Living, will use the unrestricted funds to advance the organization’s strategic priorities including economic opportunity, racial and health equity, greater community-based supports and digital inclusion.

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