You may have heard about this before… But, I’m just discovering it… Google has a new program called the “Global Impact Awards” to help jumpstart technology innovation in the nonprofit sector. They’ve given more than $100 million in grants, $1 billion in technology and 50K hours of volunteer time from its employees. They’re really setting a great example for companies in giving back to the communities that support their business.
Jacquelline Fuller, Director of Giving at Google said,
..We’re launching the Global Impact Awards to support organizations using technology and innovative approaches to tackle some of the toughest human challenges. From real-time sensors that monitor clean water to DNA barcoding that stops wildlife trafficking, our first round of awards provides $23 million to seven organizations changing the world.
Here are the seven nonprofits that will benefit from the program:
- charity: water: Real-time technology to monitor water and ensure it gets to more people
- Consortium for the Barcode of Life: DNA barcoding to identify and protect endangered wildlife
- DonorsChoose.org: New program to enroll more underrepresented students in advanced classes
- Equal Opportunity Schools: Data to identify high-performing yet underrepresented students
- Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media: Tools to analyze and promote gender equality in media
- GiveDirectly: Mobile technology to put money directly into the hands of the poor
- World Wildlife Fund: New technologies to advance anti-poaching efforts
Get more information about the program and the benefiting nonprofits at the Global Impact Awards site.