We know that the best answers often come from those closest to the problem.

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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.

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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.

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We uplift leaders making bold changes

It’s important to support the people who work every day to make a change within their communities and industries. Leaders to Watch is Google.org’s way of supporting social innovators from our grantees to help them continue to make a big impact.

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Accelerating impact

We provide support through a combination of funding, innovation and technical expertise.

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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.

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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.

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Technical expertise

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

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GiveDirectly empowers the most marginalised communities through direct cash transfers.

The Google.org Fellowship

The Google.org Fellowship is a pro bono programme that matches Google employees with nonprofits and civic entities for up to six months on full-time technical projects. Fellows leave their day jobs at Google to work alongside the organisation’s staff to build scalable solutions, working as a team to ensure that the work has sustained and lasting impact.

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  • Ellen


    'Our goal was to help make proper diagnosis of bacterial infections more equitable and accessible, and ultimately to slow the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Working with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF or Doctors without Borders) through the Google.org Fellowship has been a dream come true. First and foremost, it was fulfilling to work on saving lives. Secondarily, I was able to grow new skills very quickly, which has made me a more well-rounded engineer.'

  • Charniece


    'I was motivated by the opportunity to combine my technical skills with my passion for criminal justice reform. My fellowship with the Vera Institute offered me the rigour and challenge that I was craving professionally, while simultaneously enabling me to have a bigger impact on our legal system.'

  • Ben


    'Full Fact is a UK-based independent fact-checking organisation. We worked together to create machine-learning-based software that can identify claims and quotes from various news sources, including online newspapers, social media and online radio, and help fact checkers verify their accuracy.'

  • Aamir


    'TalkingPoints is using AI to enable parent-teacher communication to help improve student outcomes in underserved communities. The best part of the experience was getting to work with an inspiring nonprofit, facing the same challenges and issues as them, and figuring out creative solutions that scale.'

  • Samantha


    'Thorn focuses on building technology to defend children from online sexual abuse. During my fellowship, I was reminded that our mission as engineers is not to simply build the newest and fastest technologies: our mission is to seek solutions to pressing problems, no matter how daunting.'

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Through Google.org Impact Challenges, we award nonprofits and social enterprises with support to help bring their ideas to life.