Former President Barack Obama’s personal basis introduced on Monday that it had been promised $100 million from the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

The reward, the biggest but for the Obama Basis, was one in a collection of splashy donations in latest months by Mr. Bezos, one of many world’s richest individuals. Final week, Mr. Bezos introduced $96.2 million in grants to teams working to end family homelessness.

Since stepping down because the chief government of Amazon in July, Mr. Bezos has considerably raised his profile as a philanthropist, along with traveling to space on a ship made by his rocket firm, Blue Origin.

In return for the donation, Mr. Bezos requested {that a} plaza on the Obama Presidential Heart be named for the civil rights leader John Lewis, who died final yr. The middle, being inbuilt Chicago, will embody a library, a museum, an athletic heart and extra.

“Freedom fighters deserve a particular place within the pantheon of heroes, and I can’t consider a extra becoming individual to honor with this reward than John Lewis, an amazing American chief and a person of extraordinary decency and braveness,” Mr. Bezos stated in a press release launched by the Obama Basis. “I’m thrilled to help President and Mrs. Obama and their basis in its mission to coach and encourage tomorrow’s leaders.”

It was neither Mr. Bezos’ largest reward in latest months nor his first brush with Mr. Obama’s orbit due to his philanthropy. In September, Mr. Bezos, standing alongside John Kerry, Mr. Obama’s former secretary of state, pledged $1 billion by way of his Bezos Earth Fund for conservation, out of $10 billion he has promised to the fund.

Although Mr. Obama is out of workplace, he stays an necessary member of the Democratic Get together institution. The Obama Basis’s earlier president, Adewale Adeyemo, was a member of Mr. Obama’s Nationwide Safety Council and is now the deputy Treasury secretary.

The Obama Basis had been reaching out to administration alumni as a part of its fund-raising efforts. Jay Carney, a former press secretary for Mr. Obama who’s now Amazon’s prime lobbying and communications government, first raised the potential of a donation with Mr. Bezos, in line with the muse. Mr. Obama and Mr. Bezos spoke a number of occasions in regards to the donation and it was Mr. Bezos’ concept to call the plaza for Mr. Lewis.

Information of the reward was reported earlier by the web media firm Puck.

“We intend to make use of Jeff’s reward to assist help all of our packages,” stated Valerie Jarrett, a former senior adviser to Mr. Obama who’s now chief government of the muse. “It can definitely pay for the plaza, and we’ll have funds additionally out there for our endowment, which can permit the packages to go on in perpetuity.”

The muse has a world leaders program with fellows in Asia, Europe and Africa, in addition to packages aimed toward addressing the chance gaps for women and younger males of coloration in the USA.

In 2020, the muse acquired $171 million in contributions and grants and ended the yr with $564 million in complete property, in line with its most up-to-date tax submitting. Development started on the middle in August and the formal groundbreaking ceremony was held in September, and the muse has raised sufficient cash to pay for it.

Mr. Bezos has confronted some criticism lately over the perceived sluggish tempo of his giving in distinction to his monumental wealth. Forbes pegged his net worth at about $207 billion on Monday, second solely to the $300 billion fortune of Elon Musk, the chief government of Tesla and SpaceX.

Specifically, Mr. Bezos’ presents have at occasions regarded small in contrast with the greater than $8 billion in grants that his ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott, has introduced in simply 11 months. Ms. Scott has been praised not just for the dimensions of her presents however the way in which she has given the money, with few strings attached.

Unrestricted presents, as they’re recognized, give organizations much more flexibility than these tied to particular packages, which regularly go away nonprofits starved for funds important to operating their common operations. Mr. Bezos’ $100 million reward to the Obama Basis was additionally unrestricted.

The donation was the identical quantity he gave in April 2020 to the food-bank community Feeding America for its Covid-19 response fund. At a information convention after his trip into space, Mr. Bezos introduced that he had created a prize for “civility and braveness” and was awarding $100 million every to the CNN political commentator Van Jones and the chef and restaurateur José Andrés to go on to charitable causes of their selecting.

He additionally gave $200 million to the Smithsonian Establishment’s Nationwide Air and Area Museum in a present announced in July.

No less than way back to the robber baron period of the late nineteenth century, philanthropy has been each a way of utilizing nice wealth to assist the much less lucky and a approach for the extraordinarily rich to burnish their reputations as soon as they’ve completed their climbs to the highest.

Mr. Bezos stays the manager chairman of Amazon, which has been broadly criticized for its labor practices. Amazon settled charges earlier this yr from the Nationwide Labor Relations Board that the corporate had illegally retaliated towards two distinguished inner critics. The corporate defeated a union drive at an Amazon warehouse outdoors Birmingham, Ala., in August, prevailing within the largest and most viable labor risk within the firm’s historical past, however faces the prospect of a new vote due to a few of its techniques through the election.

Mr. Bezos created Amazon’s employment mannequin of burning by way of its hourly work pressure, which had roughly 150 % annual turnover even earlier than the pandemic, The New York Instances reported earlier this year.

“President Obama is strongly supportive of unions, and appreciates the truth that Jeff is being philanthropic and serving to not simply us however many different organizations do what they couldn’t do however for his generosity,” Ms. Jarrett stated.

Earlier than Mr. Bezos’ reward, the biggest donations to the muse have been three presents of $50 million every from Mark Walter, the chief government of Guggenheim Companions; Glenn Hutchins, a founding father of Silver Lake Companions; and Connie Ballmer, the philanthropist and spouse of Steve Ballmer, the previous Microsoft chief government. Mr. Hutchins and Ms. Ballmer additionally serve on the muse’s board.

In response to the muse’s most up-to-date tax submitting, the museum “will doc the historical past of President and Mrs. Obama and the Obama administration, body these narratives in a broader historic context and with an emphasis on civic discourse, and join these tales to the actions and milestones which have helped to form the nation and the world over time.”

Karen Weise contributed reporting.