With Glass, 3000 Miles to a Cure will document ride data and raise money for brain cancer.
Where our giving is going
We champion people and projects that are combatting the biggest human challenges of the 21st century. Learn more about a few spotlight programs we are proud to support.
Supporting the refugee and migrant crisis
Europe, the Middle East, and Northern Africa are facing a refugee and migrant crisis — the world’s biggest since the Second World War. We donated €1 million (~$1.1 million) to organizations who are providing front-line humanitarian relief. We also matched the first €5 million (~$5.5 million) in donations from the public, until together we raised an additional €10 million (~$11 million) for relief efforts. Donations are distributed to four nonprofits providing aid to refugees and migrants: Doctors Without Borders, International Rescue Committee, Save the Children, and UN High Commissioner for Refugees. These nonprofits are helping deliver essential assistance—including shelter, food and water, and medical care—and looking after the security and rights of people in need. We're also matching employee donations up to $1.5 million.
We need the world to rally to fight Ebola. We donated $10 million to support nonprofits such as InSTEDD, International Rescue Committee, Medecins Sans Frontieres, NetHope, Partners in Health, Save the Children, and U.S. Fund for UNICEF. These organizations are doing remarkable work in very difficult circumstances to help contain this outbreak, and we hope our contribution will help them have an even greater impact. Through our matching campaign, the public donated $2.5 million for Ebola response, which we matched with an additional $5 million. Larry Page also donated $15 million through his family foundation. Our hearts go out to everyone whose lives have been touched by this tragedy.
Giving through Glass
Over 1,300 nonprofits inspired us with their thoughtful proposals for how they would use Glass to amplify their impact. Together with our advisors, we selected five organizations to receive Glass, a trip to Google for training, a $25,000 grant, and access to developers to make their projects a reality. The winning teams - 3000 Miles to a Cure, Classroom Champions, Mark Morris Dance Group, The Hearing and Speech Agency, and Women's Audio Mission - shared proposals that range from connecting kids to Paralympic mentors to creating Glass-based visual and music cues to enhance the quality of life for people with Parkinson's.
Improving computer science education
Advancing the study of computer science and increasing the number of students - particularly women and underserved minorities - is vital to our core mission. Since 2010, we’ve invested more than $40 million to expand after school coding programs, provide teacher training, offer tech resources, and facilitate global access to computer science education for our next generation of tech leaders. In the U.S. alone, only 18% of computer science graduates are women, and few girls (<1% of high school girls) are interested in pursuing computer science as a college major. To combat this trend, we launched Made with Code, an initiative designed to inspire millions of girls to experience the power of code.
Fighting human trafficking and child abuse
It’s estimated that 21 million people around the world are enslaved and more than 1.9 million children in the U.S. are suspected victims of sexual abuse. Since 2010, we’ve given more than $21 million to help prevent these devastating crimes. Our investments include groups such as Polaris Project, La Strada International and Liberty Asia, who are working to stop the practice of human trafficking by collaborating on an international database and response system. Through ongoing support of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s CybertTipLine and the Internet Watch Foundation, we are also helping identify and eradicate child sexual abuse imagery online and making it easier for people to report suspected sex crimes against children.