Khan Academy

Region of Impact
Global
Total funding
$11 million
Funding began in
2010
Focus
Education

Overview

A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere

What they do

Khan Academy’s mission has always been to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. In 2010, founder Sal Khan was recording educational tutorials in a walk-in closet, uploading them to YouTube, and sharing them with the world for free. Seven years later, Khan Academy has grown into a robust library of thousands of videos, articles, and interactive exercises covering preschool learning, math, biology, chemistry, physics, economics, finance, history, grammar, and more. Khan Academy is also being translated into dozens of languages. Ten million people use the platform worldwide every year.

A growing factbase indicates that time spent on Khan Academy correlates with improved learning. In a year-long longitudinal study of 5,000 students in Idaho, students who completed more than 60% of their assigned mission (a series of curriculum aligned lessons) in mathematics enjoyed 1.8x the expected academic growth compared to peers in the course of a school year.

How we're helping

As Khan Academy has grown, so too has Google.org’s support, which to date includes $11 million in funding, volunteer hours, and other resources to help Khan Academy build critical tools for students, enhance its data infrastructure, create new content, and more deeply engage with and serve teachers everywhere. Google.org has also helped Khan Academy invest in the development of its intelligent software, deep data analytics and intuitive user interfaces that make these resources useful to students and teachers around the world.

Khan Academy is employing its most recent grant from Google.org to build for a future where even more learners come from countries and communities where language, connectivity, and other barriers limit access to digital educational content. Strategic investments in its core product infrastructure will help the Khan Academy team build highly localized learning experiences based on varying curriculum standards, language needs, and levels of connectivity.