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.
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.
Empowering women and girls
Educating and empowering women and girls changes outlooks and outcomes for families, communities, and economies worldwide. Since 2005, we have donated $40 million to make a real and lasting impact on two million girls. Included among the groups we’re proud to support are 10x10 and its groundbreaking documentary film, Girl Rising, which is building a global movement around girls’ education and breaking the cycle of poverty; African Leadership Academy, which identifies, develops and connects African girls and youth to leadership roles; and Girls Who Code, which is making sure the next generation of coders is fueled by girls.
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.
Protecting threatened wildlife
The illegal wildlife trade, estimated to be worth $7-10 billion annually, is emptying the world’s forests, jungles and oceans and threatening ecosystems, local livelihoods and regional security. Since 2012, we’ve contributed nearly $9 million to develop new technologies that protect threatened wildlife. World Wildlife Fund, for example, is using a Global Impact Award to adapt and implement specialized sensors and wildlife tagging technology, as well as to reduce poaching through ranger patrols guided by analytical software. The Consortium for the Barcode of Life is creating a DNA barcoding test that identifies and intercepts wildlife protected by UN treaty regulations as it’s transferred across borders.