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Google awards $23 million to non-profit innovations

Global Impact Awards program designed to help solve some of the worlds “toughest human challenges”, says Google.

Google is granting US$23 million to seven not-for-profit organisations to support technology innovations that are “changing the world”, the company said.

The grants are part of its Global Impact Awards program that was launched today. The program is designed to help solve some of the worlds “toughest human challenges” such as monitoring water using real-time sensors to ensure water quality, Google said.

“Innovations in medicine, business and communications have far outpaced tech-enabled advances in the non-profit sector,” Google’s director of giving, Jacquelline Fuller, wrote on Google’s blog.

The non-for-profit organisations are:

  • charity: water - $5 million will go to installing remote sensors to 4000 water points across Africa by 2015 to monitor the quality of water
  • Consortium for the Barcode of Life - $3 million will go to DNA barcoding to identify and protect endangered wildlife, working in six developing countries
  • DonorsChoose.org - $5 million will go to enrolling more under-represented students in advanced classes across the United States
  • Equal Opportunity Schools - $1.8 million will go to identifying 6000 high-performing yet underrepresented students and move them into advanced classes
  • Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media - $1.2 million will go to supporting the development of automated technology that analyses female portrayals in children’s media and promote gender equality in media
  • GiveDirectly - $2.4 million will go to using mobile technology for direct cash transfers to help people rise out of poverty
  • World Wildlife Fund - $5 million will go to adapting and implementing specialised sensors and wildlife tagging technology to advance anti-poaching efforts.

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