December 30, 2012

Google offers $40 million worldwide and $5.8 million African grants

Google gives back: Google offers $40 million worldwide and $5.8 million African grants to support worthy causes

Google is making $40 million grants to various organizations around the world in the areas of education, technology for social good, and modern day slavery to support non-profit organizations (NGOs). 11 of the selected grantee organizations, doing valuable work in Africa, will receive grants worth over $5.8 million. Read on...

At Google, philanthropy is a core value. Google has, this year, given more than $100 million to various organizations around the world -- including $40 million in grants that celebrate the giving season by supporting four causes that are considered particularly important. These causes are: science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; girls' education; empowerment through technology; and fighting human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

To join Google in celebrating this giving season, we are invited to learn about these organizations, the great work they're doing, and how you can support them.

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education

In the next six years, there will be 2.4 million job openings in STEM fields. See STEM, Georgetown University. These organizations are working to give a new generation of students a chance to embrace science, technology, engineering and math -- and to pursue the rewarding careers that so often follow. Google's gift will support their efforts for more than 3 million kids.

Girls' education

Educate a girl in Africa and she'll earn 25% more money, be 3 times less likely to contract HIV/AIDS, and have a smaller, healthier family. See CAMFED USA. Google's support for these organizations will educate more than 10,000 girls in the developing world. 

Empowerment through technology

Digital technology is one of the most powerful drivers of prosperity -- when you have access to it. In low and middle-income countries, a mere 10% increase in Internet penetration leads to a 1.4% increase in economic output. See Strategies and policies for the developing world, World Bank. Innovative groups are using social media, open source programming, mobile networks and other technology platforms to connect communities, improve access to information and solve stubborn problems. Google's gift will help these organizations bring about scalable change for millions of technology users.

Fighting modern day slavery and human trafficking

The bad news: there are more slaves today than at any other point in history. See Face to Face with Modern-Day Slavery, Benjamin Skinner. The good news: by returning to their villages and helping educate others, freed slaves protect hundreds of thousands of at-risk people from being tricked or forced into similar misery. See International Justice Mission. Google's support will free more than 12,000 people from modern-day slavery, and prevent millions more from being victimized.

Source: Google gives back website

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