Google Launches Effort to Help Nonprofits in Bay Area
Google asked Bay Area residents to vote to help the company choose the best nonprofit community projects in the area. Grants of up to $500,000 are up for grabs.Google is seeking online votes from San Francisco Bay Area residents to help select the four best projects by community nonprofit groups that will receive grant awards of $500,000 each. Six more local nonprofit groups will also be selected to each receive $250,000 grants under the program. The awards are part of the Google Impact Challenge program, which was launched in March 2014 to seek worthwhile community projects in the Bay Area that could be helped by grants from Google. "Local nonprofit heroes are making a difference in our community, and we want to do more to support them," wrote Jacquelline Fuller, director of Google.org, in a May 22 post on the Google Official Blog. "As part of that mission, we recently launched a Bay Area Impact Challenge with a question: Working together, what can we do to make the Bay Area an even better place to live?" The range of proposed projects totaled almost 1,000 ideas, wrote Fuller, including ideas such as providing training and job opportunities for people with disabilities, matching surplus medical supplies with community clinics, and bringing mobile showers and toilets to the homeless.
Five local community advisors—Aida Alvarez, the chairwoman of the Latino Community Foundation and the former administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration; Norman Mineta, a former mayor of San Jose and a former U.S. Secretary of Transportation; Teresa Deloach Reed, the fire chief of Oakland, Calif.; Rev. Cecil Williams, the founder and minister of liberation at Glide Memorial United Methodist Church; and Barry Zito, a Major League Baseball player and philanthropist—joined Google's Fuller to narrow the initial pool of entries down to the top 10 finalists, according to the post. "Each project was selected for its community impact, ingenuity, scalability and feasibility," according to the post.