Google.org has announced grants totaling $30 million to enable nonprofit organizations to provide phones, tablets, hardware, and training to communities that need them most.
Of the $30 million total — reportedly donated on behalf of Google employees as their annual holiday gift instead of the gadgets employees received in previous years — $5 million will be used to fund projects on DonorsChoose.org, a crowdfunding site for teachers seeking funds to purchase specific items for their classrooms. The rest of the funds were awarded to a variety of nonprofits, including Abode Services, which provides re-housed people in the Bay Area who had been homeless with laptops and access to employment, social services, and transportation information; LeadersUp, which works to connect unemployed young adults to careers with family-sustaining wages; UNETE, which provides computers, tablets, and charging stations to classrooms across Mexico; and Pratham Education Foundation, which will use the funds to expand its efforts to help children in rural Indian communities learn.
Google.org also awarded grants to Libraries Without Borders to underwrite the addition of fourteen portable multimedia centers for refugees in Europe and Africa, and NetHope, in support of its partnerships with other organizations working with vulnerable populations, including women and girls.
The $30 million in holiday grants brings the company's total grantmaking in 2016 to more than $100 million. In addition, Google employees in fifty global offices raised $24 million for seven hundred and fifty nonprofits through the company's annual matching gift event.
"We hope the combined $54 million in grants for technology, employee donations, and Google matching will help those in need around the world this holiday season," wrote Google.org program manager Sasha Buscho in a blog post. "As we look ahead to 2017, we'll continue our work to support nonprofits and communities around the world."