Niki Singleton, the regional director of nonprofit Shine Together’s Sacramento chapter, was still in shock two days after learning a billionaire philanthropist selected the organization out of thousands nationwide to receive more than $1 million.

Shine Together, serving young women who become mothers, was one of three capital region nonprofits to receive funding streams by author MacKenzie Scott, who co-founded Amazon with now ex-husband Jeff Bezos. The other nonprofits were the Sacramento LGBT Community CenterMartin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center in Yolo County and the California Native Vote Project.

“This is really happening?” Singleton recalled saying when learning of the gift.

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