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

The present, the biggest but for the Obama Basis, was one in a sequence of splashy donations in current months by Mr. Bezos, one of many world’s richest folks. 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 12 months. The middle, being in-built Chicago, will embrace a library, a museum, an athletic middle and extra.

“Freedom fighters deserve a particular place within the pantheon of heroes, and I can’t consider a extra becoming particular person to honor with this present than John Lewis, a terrific American chief and a person of extraordinary decency and braveness,” Mr. Bezos mentioned 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 present in current months nor his first brush with Mr. Obama’s orbit because of his philanthropy. In September, Mr. Bezos, standing alongside John Kerry, Mr. Obama’s former secretary of state, pledged $1 billion by means 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 Social gathering 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 high lobbying and communications government, first raised the potential of a donation with Mr. Bezos, in accordance with the muse. Mr. Obama and Mr. Bezos spoke a number of instances in regards to the donation and it was Mr. Bezos’ thought to call the plaza for Mr. Lewis.

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

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

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

In 2020, the muse obtained $171 million in contributions and grants and ended the 12 months with $564 million in whole property, in accordance with its most up-to-date tax submitting. Building 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 instances appeared 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 best way 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 applications, which frequently depart nonprofits starved for funds important to working their common operations. Mr. Bezos’ $100 million present 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.

At the very least way back to the robber baron period of the late nineteenth century, philanthropy has been each a method 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 12 months from the Nationwide Labor Relations Board that the corporate had illegally retaliated towards two outstanding 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 throughout the election.

Mr. Bezos created Amazon’s employment mannequin of burning by means of its hourly work drive, which had roughly 150 p.c annual turnover even earlier than the pandemic, The New York Occasions 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 mentioned.

Earlier than Mr. Bezos’ present, the biggest donations to the muse had 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 keeping with 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.