We know that the best answers often come from those closest to the problem.
We look for big ideas
We believe that big things can happen when you don’t shy away from big ideas. We look for nonprofits, social enterprises and civic entities who understand the needs of marginalised and vulnerable populations and are working to address inequities at scale.
We ask communities what they need
At this time, we do not accept applications for support outside our Google.org Impact Challenges. Each challenge is an invitation to nonprofits and social enterprises with ideas to make their communities, and beyond, a better place. Ideas with the most potential are given a package of support, which may include funding, mentorship and technical support from Google volunteers.
We provide support through a combination of funding, innovation and technical expertise.
Every year we grant £160 million to nonprofits and social enterprises across the globe. Our goal is to use our philanthropic capital to help stimulate innovative approaches to solving problems, and provide comprehensive support for marginalised communities.
The same technology that makes our lives easier every day can also help tackle complex social challenges. We make our research, open-source technology and products accessible to nonprofits working on the front lines of social change.
We connect nonprofits and civic entities with Google employees who volunteer their own time or who provide pro bono services through the Google.org Fellowship for up to six months, full time.
Our approach in action
Google.org and GiveDirectly
Deciding how and where to deploy resources right after or during a crisis is challenging. Common relief practices are inefficient, are usually not data-driven, and rely on word of mouth. As a result, vulnerable communities are often underserved.
In 2012, Google.org granted GiveDirectly an initial £2 million. Since then, we have provided over £8 million to support unconditional direct cash transfers that benefit people in need, and to research the impact of GiveDirectly’s approach. In addition, Google.org Fellows have helped GiveDirectly create a data-driven method to rapidly identify households that need the most financial help.
GiveDirectly’s work has been supported by over £8 million in Google.org grants.
Google Earth Engine hosts satellite imagery and stores it in a public data archive. Google.org Fellows worked with GiveDirectly to build a product that combines computing power from Google’s Earth Engine with publicly available socioeconomic indicators to identify impacted neighbourhoods and easily add layers of data after a disaster strikes.
Google Earth Engine
For six months in 2019, a team of four Google employees worked with GiveDirectly through the Google.org Fellowship to help create an open-source product that could better predict need after a natural disaster.
This tool and its overlapping data sets produces a visual shortlist of impacted neighbourhoods that GiveDirectly or any humanitarian organisation can use to effectively and quickly target for aid.
From our Fellow
'I’ve always wanted to work in the intersection between environmental crises and tech. Climate change is making natural disasters more frequent and more devastating. This means efficient distribution of aid is only becoming more important. I was excited about the idea of making that connection more efficient, of helping people help people, and especially help already vulnerable populations who are faced with a terrible situation.'
— Julie, Google.org Fellow