Ian MacKechnie today announced that he is donating $1 million for recovery efforts following the devastation caused by the hurricane that shares his name. MacKechnie, founder of Amscot Financial, and his wife Jean are providing their personal funds to boost the work of the Florida Disaster Fund.
“I wasn’t born in Florida, but I have spent much of my adult life here. I built a business and we raised our family here, and Jean and I are thankful to be able to help give back when so many are in need,” MacKechnie said. “One thing I’ve come to know is that people in Florida step up to help their neighbors. Hurricane Ian wreaked havoc across so much of the state we love and we are grateful to be able to support the state’s recovery efforts.”
The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund that, working in partnership with public, private, and other non-governmental organizations, provides financial assistance to help communities respond to and recover from emergencies or disasters.
“Under the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis, First Lady Casey DeSantis, and other state leaders, the Florida Disaster Fund is working quickly to accumulate the means to help as many Floridians as possible,” MacKechnie said. “Countless Floridians have lost literally everything, and Jean and I encourage others to help however they can if they are in a position to do so.”
MacKechnie established Amscot Financial three years after moving to Tampa from his native Scotland in 1986. The company now serves over 6 million customers at over 240 locations across Florida and online.