Jeff Bezos recently named country music star Dolly Parton as the recipient Courage and Civility award and gifted her $100 million to spread out to the charities of her choice, Fortune reports.
“She gives with her heart. What she’s done for kids, and literacy, and so many other things, is just incredible,” Bezos said in. a video posted to Twitter.
Upon receiving the award, Parton said, “I’ve always said, I try to put my money where my heart is, and I think you do the same thing. I will do my best to do good things with this money. Thank you Jeff.”
Parton, 76, has operated a foundation that’s distributed books to children globally. A strong advocate of vaccination, she supported Moderna Inc.’s shot through a $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for coronavirus research.
Bezos, the world’s fourth-richest person with a $123.9 billion fortune, has increased his philanthropic efforts since stepping down as Amazon.com Inc.’s chief executive officer last year. He’s focusing most of his attention on climate change with his $10 billion Earth Fund and also announced a $200 million gift to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Watch the video below:
We’ve just announced a new Courage and Civility award recipient — @DollyParton, who leads with her heart, and will put this $100 million award to great use helping so many people. She joins prior awardees, @VanJones68 and @Chefjoseandres. Congrats, Dolly! pic.twitter.com/dzTuoGVp3G
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) November 12, 2022