Google gives $23M to spur innovation in charities

Google gives $23M to spur innovation in charities

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BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 26: A visitor passes the Google logo on September 26, 2012 at the official opening party of the Google offices in Berlin, Germany. Although the American company holds 95% of the German search engine market share and already has offices in Hamburg and Munich, its new offices on the prestigious Unter den Linden avenue are its first in the German capital. The Internet giant has been met with opposition in the country recently by the former president's wife, who has sued it based on search results for her name that she considers derogative. The European Commission has planned new data privacy regulations in a country where many residents opted in to have their homes pixeled out when the company introduced its Street View technology. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

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by BRETT ZONGKER

Associated Press

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 7:13 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Google is announcing $23 million in grants to spur innovation among charities and increase education for girls and minority students in science and technology.

Seven nonprofits will win the first Google Global Impact Awards on Tuesday.

Charity: Water receives $5 million to use water-monitoring technology at 4,000 wells across Africa.

Donorschoose.org receives $5 million to create 500 new Advanced Placement science and math classes with the College Board for underrepresented students.

The World Wildlife Fund receives $5 million to adapt sensors and animal tagging technology to detect and deter poaching.

The Smithsonian’s Barcode of Life project gets $3 million to use DNA barcoding to protect endangered species.

Additional grantees include GiveDirectly, Equal Opportunity Schools and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Google says innovation is underfunded among nonprofits.

 

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