With Glass, 3000 Miles to a Cure will document ride data and raise money for brain cancer.
Where our giving is going
We champion people and projects that are combatting the biggest human challenges of the 21st century. Learn more about a few spotlight programs we are proud to support.
Fighting the Zika Virus
The recent Zika virus outbreak has caused concern around the world and last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a Public Health Emergency. But unlike many other global pandemics, the spread of Zika has been harder to identify, map and contain. To help respond to the crisis, we made a $1 million grant to UNICEF, made updates to our products that make information on Zika more accessible and sent Google engineers to help analyze data that can be used to map and anticipate the virus.
Supporting racial justice innovators
In 2015, Googlers around the world expressed their solidarity for victims of racially-motivated violence in the US. Spurred on by this movement in our company and the work of our Black Googler Network, Google.org announced a $5 million initial new investment to support leaders working for racial justice in the criminal and educational systems. Since then, we have awarded over $5M to eight projects, including partnerships with leaders like #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, My Brother’s Keeper innovator Chris Chatmon, and widely acclaimed public interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson. This work builds on previous support Google.org has made to organizations working for racial equality via our local giving and Impact Challenges, such as the Hidden Genius Project, Beyond 12, the Reset Foundation, Essie Justice Group and the Center for Employment Opportunities.
Supporting the refugee and migrant crisis
In the fall of 2015, we encouraged our users to donate to a public matching campaign to support humanitarian relief efforts by UNHCR, IRC, Save the Children and Doctors without Borders. In just over 48h, the public donated €5M which we matched. Since then, we’ve helped the International Rescue Committee build an online information hub for refugees, Mercy Corps develop Translation Cards to allow field workers to communicate across languages more easily, our employees have worked alongside NetHope to install low-cost WiFi in refugee camps, and supported refugee education through Kiron and Libraries without Borders. Building off a small pilot in Germany, we continue to work with NetHope on Project Reconnect, an initiative to equip NGOs with Chromebooks to facilitate access to educational resources for refugees in Germany. Collectively, these efforts will help more than a million refugees with connectivity, access to vital information online as well as facilitate access to learning and education. Learn more here
We need the world to rally to fight Ebola. We donated $10 million to support nonprofits such as InSTEDD, International Rescue Committee, Medecins Sans Frontieres, NetHope, Partners in Health, Save the Children, and U.S. Fund for UNICEF. These organizations are doing remarkable work in very difficult circumstances to help contain this outbreak, and we hope our contribution will help them have an even greater impact. Through our matching campaign, the public donated $2.5 million for Ebola response, which we matched with an additional $5 million. Larry Page also donated $15 million through his family foundation. Our hearts go out to everyone whose lives have been touched by this tragedy.
Giving through Glass
Over 1,300 nonprofits inspired us with their thoughtful proposals for how they would use Glass to amplify their impact. Together with our advisors, we selected five organizations to receive Glass, a trip to Google for training, a $25,000 grant, and access to developers to make their projects a reality. The winning teams - 3000 Miles to a Cure, Classroom Champions, Mark Morris Dance Group, The Hearing and Speech Agency, and Women's Audio Mission - shared proposals that range from connecting kids to Paralympic mentors to creating Glass-based visual and music cues to enhance the quality of life for people with Parkinson's.
Improving computer science education
Advancing the study of computer science and increasing the number of students - particularly women and underserved minorities - is vital to our core mission. Since 2010, we’ve invested more than $40 million to expand after school coding programs, provide teacher training, offer tech resources, and facilitate global access to computer science education for our next generation of tech leaders. In the U.S. alone, only 18% of computer science graduates are women, and few girls (<1% of high school girls) are interested in pursuing computer science as a college major. To combat this trend, we launched Made with Code, an initiative designed to inspire millions of girls to experience the power of code.