LONDON, England – In December 2012, Google launched its first-ever Global Impact Awards, using its position as one of the world’s most powerful tech companies to give back to nonprofits bettering the world around them. At the Global Impact Awards, Google donated $23 million to seven organizations using technology to tackle the world’s most pressing social issues.
But Google’s mission to discover organizations innovating for social good didn’t stop there. As its next step forward, the multinational tech company piloted its first Global Impact Challenge in March 2013. This Challenge mirrored the Global Impact Awards in its mission, but featured an added element of competition. Google’s first Global Impact Challenge became available to start-up nonprofits specifically in the UK.
In May 2013, Google narrowed down the competition to 10 finalists. From there, the 10 finalists pitched their projects to a team of aptly chosen judges in June 2013. The judges chose the winning top three, while the public had the opportunity to vote for their fan favorite. No strangers to competition, the Global Impact Challenge judging panel was composed of heavy hitters in the technology world, including Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, Matt Brittin, VP of Google in Northern and Central Europe, Jilly Forster, Chair of Forster Communications, and Jacquelline Fuller, director of Google Giving.
At the Global Impact Challenge Award Ceremony at Google London, the three finalists were revealed to be SolarAid, Apps for Good, Integrity Action, and the Zoological Society of London as the fan favorite. For their work in creating achievable solutions to global or community problems, these nonprofits received £500,000, or approximately $690,200 each. The remaining six finalists received £100,00, or approximately $138,040 to continue their good work.
Two months after the completion of the Global Impact Challenge in the UK, Google unveiled its second Global Impact Challenge, this time in India.
As of the present, the Global Impact Challenge India’s 10 finalists operate in fields ranging from slum sanitation to gender-based violence, water and sanitation systems, waste collection, and many more. On October 31, Google will determine its three judge-chosen nonprofits and reveal its public-chosen fan favorite nonprofit. These organizations will receive Rs 3 crore, or approximately $500,000 each. You can learn about India’s top 10 innovative, inspiring nonprofits and cast your vote for the fan favorite here.
– Tara Young