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Melinda French Gates and MacKenzie Scott Among Backers of $1 Billion Gender Fund

  • Contributions exceed $320 million; Co-Impact to manage fund
  • Philanthropists donating money also include MacKenzie Scott
Melinda Gates 
Melinda Gates Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Melinda French Gates and MacKenzie Scott are among philanthropists donating money to the Gender Fund, which seeks to raise $1 billion to advance equality and women’s leadership in Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

Contributions to date have topped $320 million and grant-making has begun across the three regions, Co-Impact, the fund’s manager, said in a statement on Thursday. It plans to raise the target amount over the next 10 years.