Google, Alphabet pledge $14.5 million to address racial inequity

Google, Alphabet pledge $14.5 million to address racial inequity

Google and its parent company, Alphabet, have announced initial commitments totaling $14.5 million in support of efforts to address racial injustice, inequity, and violence.

In an internal email shared on Google's blog, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai pledged $12 million in support of racial justice organizations, including grants of $1 million each to the Center for Policing Equity and the Equal Justice Initiative, as well as technical support through the Fellows program. The company also will match $2.5 million in donations made through a Google employee giving campaign.

On Sunday, with protests against police violence and racial injustice spreading across the United States, YouTube, also an Alphabet company, announced a $1 million grant to the Center for Policing Equity.

"Supporting worthy organizations is a step in the right direction, but it is not a replacement for doing the harder work ahead both within and outside of Google," Pichai wrote. "The events of the past few weeks reflect deep structural challenges. We'll work closely with our Black community to develop initiatives and product ideas that support long-term solutions."

(Photo credit: Center for Policing Equity)

Sundar Pichai. "Standing with the Black community." Google blog post 06/03/2020. "Stand Against Racial Injustice." YouTube video 05/31/2020.