When everyone has the chance to succeed, we all prosper

That’s why Google.org supports organizations that use technology and innovation to power an economy in which more people have an opportunity to thrive.

Opportunity to Succeed

The challenge

The global economy has seen positive growth every year since 2010, but for many, good job opportunities remain out of reach. This year, the number of people searching for work worldwide is projected to exceed 200 million for the first time ever, and not everyone is equipped to meaningfully tackle many of the new jobs that do exist. With a changing economy demanding an increasingly skilled and technical workforce, it’s critical to ensure that every worker has the tools and resources they need in order to thrive.

Our focus

We fund nonprofits that work to help disadvantaged communities achieve economic independence by making the job market more accessible and testing new employment models that expand economic mobility in a fast-changing labor market.

Our work

Helping prepare for the future of work

The nature of work is changing - whether it’s through the rise of the gig economy, technological advances, or demographics. Google.org is committing $50 million to better understand the nature of work and to support nonprofit-led solutions to help people thrive in a changing economy.

Using data science to provide personalized career job search advice to jobseekers

View Bayes Impact

Using technology to make work better for nannies, caregivers, and housecleaners

View National Domestic Workers Alliance

Mobilizing capital to drive social progress

View Social Finance

Improving America’s workforce development system through digital tools

View Code for America

Goodwill Industries International

View Goodwill

More economic opportunity grantees

America Makes

America Makes

Job-ready skills training in advanced manufacturing techniques for former military veterans

Funding began in
2016
Total funding
$250,000
Focus
Economic Opportunity

America Makes

Job-ready skills training in advanced manufacturing techniques for former military veterans

Funding began in
2016
Total funding
$250,000
Focus
Economic Opportunity

BSS (Making a World Together) / 사회연대은행(사)함께만드는세상

BSS (Making a World Together) / 사회연대은행(사)함께만드는세상

Alternative credit rating system based on social signals

Funding began in
2016
Total funding
$228,869
Focus
Economic Opportunity

BSS (Making a World Together) / 사회연대은행(사)함께만드는세상

Alternative credit rating system based on social signals

Funding began in
2016
Total funding
$228,869
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Czechitas

Czechitas

Digital skills and data science trainings for women in the Czech Republic

Funding began in
2016
Total funding
$257,700
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Czechitas

Digital skills and data science trainings for women in the Czech Republic

Funding began in
2016
Total funding
$257,700
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Digitale-Helden gemeinnützige GmbH

Digitale-Helden gemeinnützige GmbH

Peer to peer training for digital literacy / online safety

Funding began in
2016
Total funding
$281,400
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Digitale-Helden gemeinnützige GmbH

Peer to peer training for digital literacy / online safety

Funding began in
2016
Total funding
$281,400
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Root Impact / 루트임팩트

Root Impact / 루트임팩트

Program to connect high potential youth with social impact career opportunitites

Funding began in
2016
Total funding
$228,869
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Root Impact / 루트임팩트

Program to connect high potential youth with social impact career opportunitites

Funding began in
2016
Total funding
$228,869
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Themis

Themis

App to inform and educate domestic workers about their rights

Funding began in
2016
Total funding
$201,995
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Themis

App to inform and educate domestic workers about their rights

Funding began in
2016
Total funding
$201,995
Focus
Economic Opportunity

WeTechCare

WeTechCare

To provide digital skills training to 1M vulnerable and socially excluded people in France and help them access jobs and government benefits

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$1,000,000
Region of Impact
France
Focus
Economic Opportunity

WeTechCare

To provide digital skills training to 1M vulnerable and socially excluded people in France and help them access jobs and government benefits

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$1,000,000
Region of Impact
France
Focus
Economic Opportunity

First Place for Youth

First Place for Youth

Ensure that foster youth in Santa Clara County have the housing, education, and employment supports necessary to defy the odds and achieve self-sufficiency and stable housing

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$500,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

First Place for Youth

Ensure that foster youth in Santa Clara County have the housing, education, and employment supports necessary to defy the odds and achieve self-sufficiency and stable housing

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$500,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

GiveDirectly: Rwanda

GiveDirectly: Rwanda

GiveDirectly aims to increase the use of cash transfers in the international development sector and to establish cash as a benchmark against which other interventions are measured; this grant helps expand the use of cash transfers and further studying additional policy questions and how to optimize their design and impact

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$2,000,000
Region of Impact
Rwanda
Focus
Economic Opportunity

GiveDirectly: Rwanda

GiveDirectly aims to increase the use of cash transfers in the international development sector and to establish cash as a benchmark against which other interventions are measured; this grant helps expand the use of cash transfers and further studying additional policy questions and how to optimize their design and impact

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$2,000,000
Region of Impact
Rwanda
Focus
Economic Opportunity

The Hidden Genius Project

The Hidden Genius Project

Supported a 15 month tech skills and leadership training program for black male high school students to transform their lives and communities

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$250,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

The Hidden Genius Project

Supported a 15 month tech skills and leadership training program for black male high school students to transform their lives and communities

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$250,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Infoxchange

Infoxchange

To address digital exclusion with a focus on social housing

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$247,000
Region of Impact
Australia
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Infoxchange

To address digital exclusion with a focus on social housing

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$247,000
Region of Impact
Australia
Focus
Economic Opportunity

InnVision Shelter Network/Life Moves

InnVision Shelter Network/Life Moves

Improve the long-term success of formerly homeless individuals and families by extending case management and encouraging successful habits through the use of an innovative SMS/text–based mobile technology platform

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$750,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

InnVision Shelter Network/Life Moves

Improve the long-term success of formerly homeless individuals and families by extending case management and encouraging successful habits through the use of an innovative SMS/text–based mobile technology platform

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$750,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Jewish Vocational Service (JVS)

Jewish Vocational Service (JVS)

Bridge the gulf between high school and independent adulthood by providing SFUSD students connections to career exploration, post-secondary training and career onramps

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$500,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Jewish Vocational Service (JVS)

Bridge the gulf between high school and independent adulthood by providing SFUSD students connections to career exploration, post-secondary training and career onramps

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$500,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Kiva Microfunds

Kiva Microfunds

Backing a hyper-local crowdfunding platform that provides 0% interest loans to small business entrepreneurs in Oakland

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$500,000
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Kiva Microfunds

Backing a hyper-local crowdfunding platform that provides 0% interest loans to small business entrepreneurs in Oakland

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$500,000
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center (ODALC)

Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center (ODALC)

Build and launch BRIDGEGOOD.com, a two-sided online marketplace that matches lower-income, minority graphic design students with small businesses to achieve economic independence

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$500,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center (ODALC)

Build and launch BRIDGEGOOD.com, a two-sided online marketplace that matches lower-income, minority graphic design students with small businesses to achieve economic independence

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$500,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Sodate-Age Net

Sodate-Age Net

Digital skills training for disadvantaged youth

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$205,000
Region of Impact
Japan
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Sodate-Age Net

Digital skills training for disadvantaged youth

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$205,000
Region of Impact
Japan
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Tipping Point/Year Up

Tipping Point/Year Up

Closing the opportunity divide for disconnected young adults by designing a blended digital and in-person learning platform that enables Year Up to scale through community partners to reach 100x the number of current young adults directly served by the program

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$500,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Tipping Point/Year Up

Closing the opportunity divide for disconnected young adults by designing a blended digital and in-person learning platform that enables Year Up to scale through community partners to reach 100x the number of current young adults directly served by the program

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$500,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Y Generation Education

Y Generation Education

Online vocational education training and financing model to provide job skills for at-risk youth

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$543,650
Region of Impact
France
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Y Generation Education

Online vocational education training and financing model to provide job skills for at-risk youth

Funding began in
2015
Total funding
$543,650
Region of Impact
France
Focus
Economic Opportunity

BUILD

BUILD

Empowering high school kids through entrepreneurship

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$250,000
Focus
Economic Opportunity

BUILD

Empowering high school kids through entrepreneurship

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$250,000
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Catch22 Charity Limited

Catch22 Charity Limited

App to give young people skills needed for work

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$850,300
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Catch22 Charity Limited

App to give young people skills needed for work

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$850,300
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Center for Employment Opportunities

Center for Employment Opportunities

Providing jobs and support for formerly incarcerated people

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$500,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Center for Employment Opportunities

Providing jobs and support for formerly incarcerated people

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$500,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Colnodo

Colnodo

Build Juventic, a new training platform for digital job skills for at-risk young people, and bring this program to more audiences, including those formerly involved in Colombia's internal conflict

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$600,000
Region of Impact
Colombia
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Colnodo

Build Juventic, a new training platform for digital job skills for at-risk young people, and bring this program to more audiences, including those formerly involved in Colombia's internal conflict

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$600,000
Region of Impact
Colombia
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Comunidad IT (Associación Civil Comunidad IT de fromacion e insercian laboral)

Comunidad IT (Associación Civil Comunidad IT de fromacion e insercian laboral)

Providing job-ready coding skills for young people in Argentina

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$300,000
Region of Impact
Argentina
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Comunidad IT (Associación Civil Comunidad IT de fromacion e insercian laboral)

Providing job-ready coding skills for young people in Argentina

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$300,000
Region of Impact
Argentina
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Family Independence Initiative

Family Independence Initiative

Restore economic mobility to America’s low-income communities by providing a flexible marketplace of financial resources conditioned upon families self-organizing in community groups to determine their own strategies for improving their lives and rigorously reporting their progress towards goals

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$400,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Family Independence Initiative

Restore economic mobility to America’s low-income communities by providing a flexible marketplace of financial resources conditioned upon families self-organizing in community groups to determine their own strategies for improving their lives and rigorously reporting their progress towards goals

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$400,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Fondazione Mondo Digitale

Fondazione Mondo Digitale

Opened a maker space and studio to train young people in digital job readiness skills

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$500,000
Region of Impact
Italy
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Fondazione Mondo Digitale

Opened a maker space and studio to train young people in digital job readiness skills

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$500,000
Region of Impact
Italy
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Fundacion Crea (Crea Comunidades de Emprendedores Sociales AC)

Fundacion Crea (Crea Comunidades de Emprendedores Sociales AC)

Offering basic digital and web skills for women microentrepreneurs

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$443,000
Region of Impact
Mexico
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Fundacion Crea (Crea Comunidades de Emprendedores Sociales AC)

Offering basic digital and web skills for women microentrepreneurs

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$443,000
Region of Impact
Mexico
Focus
Economic Opportunity

GiveDirectly: General Equilibrium

GiveDirectly: General Equilibrium

Provide evidence to inform governments, funders, and NGOs about how unconditional cash transfers impact the local economy, in order to promote widespread adoption among governments

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$2,000,000
Region of Impact
Africa
Focus
Economic Opportunity

GiveDirectly: General Equilibrium

Provide evidence to inform governments, funders, and NGOs about how unconditional cash transfers impact the local economy, in order to promote widespread adoption among governments

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$2,000,000
Region of Impact
Africa
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Hack the Hood

Hack the Hood

Jumpstarting tech careers for low-income youth

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$500,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Hack the Hood

Jumpstarting tech careers for low-income youth

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$500,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

HandUp

HandUp

Help both homeless and low-income individuals/families overcome poverty by leveraging a charitable giving technology platform that connects donors with neighbors who are struggling to meet their basic needs

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$500,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

HandUp

Help both homeless and low-income individuals/families overcome poverty by leveraging a charitable giving technology platform that connects donors with neighbors who are struggling to meet their basic needs

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$500,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Instituto Socioambiental

Instituto Socioambiental

Creating open source mini-mills used to produce forest products and generate sustainability in the Amazon

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$222,990
Region of Impact
Brazil
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Instituto Socioambiental

Creating open source mini-mills used to produce forest products and generate sustainability in the Amazon

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$222,990
Region of Impact
Brazil
Focus
Economic Opportunity

JobTrain

JobTrain

Provide the first rung on the job ladder for people with multiple barriers to employment through launching Rendezvous Café & Catering, a new social enterprise in Redwood City providing livable wage jobs and career paths to people who have been excluded from the workforce

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$675,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

JobTrain

Provide the first rung on the job ladder for people with multiple barriers to employment through launching Rendezvous Café & Catering, a new social enterprise in Redwood City providing livable wage jobs and career paths to people who have been excluded from the workforce

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$675,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Mission Asset Fund

Mission Asset Fund

Expanding credit opportunities for hardworking families

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$250,000
Region of Impact
US
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Mission Asset Fund

Expanding credit opportunities for hardworking families

Funding began in
2014
Total funding
$250,000
Region of Impact
US
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Kiva Labs

Kiva Labs

Combines the power of crowdfunding and microfinance to accelerate solutions tailored to people’s unique needs

Funding began in
2013
Total funding
$3,000,000
Region of Impact
Global
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Kiva Labs

Combines the power of crowdfunding and microfinance to accelerate solutions tailored to people’s unique needs

Funding began in
2013
Total funding
$3,000,000
Region of Impact
Global
Focus
Economic Opportunity

MAKLab

MAKLab

Workshop giving young entrepreneurs access to digital manufacturing skills

Funding began in
2013
Total funding
$151,160
Region of Impact
UK
Focus
Economic Opportunity

MAKLab

Workshop giving young entrepreneurs access to digital manufacturing skills

Funding began in
2013
Total funding
$151,160
Region of Impact
UK
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Samasource

Samasource

Developing tools based on its successful model for hiring new tech workers from poor populations

Funding began in
2013
Total funding
$2,000,000
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Samasource

Developing tools based on its successful model for hiring new tech workers from poor populations

Funding began in
2013
Total funding
$2,000,000
Focus
Economic Opportunity

vInspired

vInspired

Digital platform facilitating the search for short term employment opportunities

Funding began in
2013
Total funding
$151,160
Focus
Economic Opportunity

vInspired

Digital platform facilitating the search for short term employment opportunities

Funding began in
2013
Total funding
$151,160
Focus
Economic Opportunity

GiveDirectly

GiveDirectly

Direct electronic cash transfers to poor families with mpesa

Funding began in
2012
Total funding
$2,400,000
Region of Impact
Africa
Focus
Economic Opportunity

GiveDirectly

Direct electronic cash transfers to poor families with mpesa

Funding began in
2012
Total funding
$2,400,000
Region of Impact
Africa
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Samasource

Samasource

Grew and sustained an engineering team that enabled us to accommodate more sales clients and data services, resulting in an accelerated pace of impact to our beneficiaries

Funding began in
2011
Total funding
$1,250,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity

Samasource

Grew and sustained an engineering team that enabled us to accommodate more sales clients and data services, resulting in an accelerated pace of impact to our beneficiaries

Funding began in
2011
Total funding
$1,250,000
Region of Impact
Bay Area
Focus
Economic Opportunity