To help those affected by crises, we look to rapidly support and scale effective solutions helps nonprofits on the frontlines of global crises through funding and volunteers.

To help those affected by crises, we look to rapidly support and scale effective solutions

A closer look

The challenge

A crisis can emerge anytime, anywhere—and each is a unique challenge. Consider the data: In the last decade, more than 2.6 billion people have been affected by natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. In 2016, there were 130 million people who needed humanitarian assistance. And the refugee crisis continues to displace millions. Nonprofits on the frontlines need immediate and long-term funding to help those who need it most, and in many cases, volunteer efforts can amplify impact.

130 million

people needed humanitarian assistance in 20161

Our focus

When crises happen, reacting quickly, effectively, and collaboratively is the only way to help as many people as possible. That’s why we look to give strategic packages of support, including providing nonprofits with short-term and long-term funding or connections to the right volunteers—whether that's a data scientist or an engineer.

Our work

Ongoing support for refugees around the world

The world is facing the largest refugee crisis since World War II—in fact, 1 in every 113 people on Earth has been forcibly displaced by violence or persecution. Since 2015, we’ve invested more than $20 million in grants supporting innovative solutions to provide emergency support and also access to vital information and education to more than 800,000 refugees. Early on, we launched a matching campaign on Google homepages in 37 countries to help provide fast, flexible funding for emergency response. In addition to funding, volunteer Google engineers and UX designers have helped nonprofits deploy connectivity solutions and designed mobile applications enabling access to local information and translation services.

17 years

is the average time a refugee spends in exile2

Building a mobile platform to provide refugees with credible information

View International Rescue Committee: Refugee Crisis

Helping NGOs and aid workers translate critical information for refugees through an open-sourced app

View Mercy Corps

Giving refugees access to connectivity and devices

View NetHope

Deploying portable media kits featuring educational content for students

View Libraries Without Borders

Helping with Hurricane Harvey recovery

When natural disasters strike they can devastate communities. Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm, made landfall over Texas, devastating the Gulf Coast and the fourth largest city in the U.S., Houston. It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the United States in a decade. donated $2 million directly to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, and through our matching campaigns, raised an additional $1.5 million from the public and Google employees.


people rescued5

Immediate relief support to people in Texas and Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Harvey

View American Red Cross: Hurricane Harvey

Using data to track Zika

When the World Health Organization declared Zika a public health emergency, gave $1 million to help fight the pandemic. We also saw two other ways to help: increase awareness and support a data platform to track the disease. We sent a volunteer team of Google engineers, designers, and data scientists to support UNICEF to develop a platform to map the spread of disease, and implemented updates to Google products that made Zika information more readily accessible.


affected countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia3

Developing a platform to identify and track an outbreak

View UNICEF: Zika

Fighting the Ebola outbreak

The recent Ebola outbreak devastated communities and put thousands of people at risk, as the virus is highly contagious and has a high mortality rate. We donated $15 million dollars to support Ebola response efforts to nonprofits such as InSTEDD and Partners in Health, and through our matching campaign generated an additional $2.5 million from the public. Googlers also volunteered with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to create a tablet that could be sanitized in chlorine solution and used by MSF and other organizations in the field.


cases of Ebola reported since 20144

Creating a new way to record and organize medical data in crisis situations

View MSF: Ebola