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The McShin Foundation Receives $2 Million Gift From the Yield Giving Open Call 

March 19, 2024 – MacKenzie Scott’s Yield Giving announced The McShin Foundation as one of the Yield Giving Open Call’s awardees working with people and in places experiencing the greatest need in the United States. The McShin Foundation received $2 million. 

Founded in 2004, The McShin Foundation is a full-service Recovery Community Organization (RCO) committed to serving individuals with substance use disorders as well as their families.  While providing housing and the tools for recovering individuals to create positive lifestyles, we aim to spread the word of recovery and educate families, communities, and government regarding SUDs as well as reduce the negative outlook attached to them.  McShin is the only RCO in Virginia accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Peer Recovery Support Services (CAPRSS).

In March 2023, Yield Giving launched an Open Call for community-led, community-focused organizations whose explicit purpose is to enable individuals and families to achieve substantive improvement in their well-being through foundational resources. 

“This gift is life-changing for those that we serve and our organization as a whole.  We will be able to help even more humans with SUD and expand our peer recovery support services for our community.  With the team we have here at McShin, I am beyond excited to keep healing families and saving lives.” Honesty Liller, CEO 

The Open Call received 6,353 applications and initially planned for 250 awards of $1 million each. In the Fall of 2023, organizations top-rated by their peers advanced to a second round of review by an external Evaluation Panel recruited for experience relevant to this cause and underwent a final round of due diligence. In light of the incredible work of these organizations, as judged by their peers and external panelists, the donor team decided to expand the awardee pool and the award amount. 

About The McShin Foundation:

The McShin Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit and peer-run organization, located in Richmond, Virginia whose mission is to deliver a message of hope to people seeking recovery from substance use disorder (addiction) and to facilitate their journey to a healthier life. Since its inception in 2004, McShin has provided recovery support services, peer recovery support services, peer development, intervention services, housing services, community resource services, recovery education and advocacy, judicial recovery programming, and a speaker series to the community of Richmond, Virginia, as well as surrounding areas. Additionally, McShin has incorporated support including grief resources, LGBTQIA+ support groups, family support services, jail programming inside institutions, as well as offender re-entry services.  McShin recently opened their first pregnant and parenting recovery home for women & their children.

Yield Giving 

Established by MacKenzie Scott to share a financial fortune created through the effort of countless people, Yield Giving is named after a belief in adding value by giving up control. To date, Yield’s network of staff and advisors has yielded over $16,500,000,000 to 1,900+ non-profit teams to use as they see fit for the benefit of others. To learn more, visit

Lever for Change 

Lever for Change connects donors with bold solutions to the world’s biggest problems—including issues like racial inequity, gender inequality, lack of access to economic opportunity, and climate change. Using an inclusive, equitable model and due diligence process, Lever for Change creates customized challenges and other tailored funding opportunities. Top-ranked teams and challenge finalists become members of the Bold Solutions Network—a growing global network that helps secure additional funding, amplify members’ impact, and accelerate social change. Founded in 2019 as a nonprofit affiliate of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Lever for Change has influenced over $1.7 billion in grants to date and provided support to more than 145 organizations. To learn more, visit

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