We focus our work on the areas where we can have the largest impact.
Small and medium business support
Most businesses in the United States are small and medium businesses (SMBs)1, which are predominantly funded by personal assets. Due to systemic barriers that prevent equitable access to capital, women and minority groups are significantly underrepresented as small business owners.
Opportunity Finance Network
Opportunity Finance Network’s mission is to lead Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) and their partners to ensure that low-income, low-wealth, and other underserved people and communities have access to affordable, responsible financial products and services. Google.org has supported Opportunity Finance Network with $5 million to help fill gaps in flexible capital for people and communities underserved by mainstream financial institutions.
Providing access to capital
Family Independence Initiative is helping low-income families achieve prosperity
The Family Independence Initiative (FII) is empowering low-income families. Since 2015, the Family Independence Initiative has used over $2.5 million in Google.org grants to empower families to escape poverty. Their technology platform UpTogether helps low-income families access small cash investments, connect with each other and share solutions.
In 2019, six Google.org Fellows spent six months working full-time with FII using natural language processing to help make UpTogether’s data more useful in determining what leads to family success.
Digital skills for tomorrow’s jobs
The nature of work is changing. Both workers and workforce development organizations need better access to digital skills and tools to help them adjust to the demands of our current economy and find new opportunities.
To support these efforts, Google.org has committed more than $50 million globally to fund research and development projects to better understand how work is changing and identify new solutions.
Grow with Google makes IT certification available online
The Google IT Support Professional Certificate is an online program designed to prepare people for roles in IT support. Beginning learners can become qualified for an entry-level IT support role in just eight to 12 months.
To support Grow with Google’s mission to remove barriers to digital skills, Google.org funds need-based scholarships through leading nonprofits focused on underrepresented communities, including Year Up, Merit America, Per Scholas, Goodwill, the United Service Organization, and Upwardly Global.
We support digital skills training for job seekers, equitable access to capital, and small and medium businesses— particularly in underrepresented communities.