At Google, philanthropy is a core value. This year we gave more than $100 million to various organizations around the world -- including $40 million in grants that celebrate the giving season by supporting four causes that we consider particularly important: science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; girls' education; empowerment through technology; and fighting human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
We invite you to celebrate the giving season along with us by learning about these organizations, the great work they're doing, and how you can support them.
In the next six years, there will be 2.4 million job openings in STEM fields.1 These organizations are working to give a new generation of students a chance to embrace science, technology, engineering and math -- and to pursue the rewarding careers that so often follow. Our gift will support their efforts for more than 3 million kids.
Educate a girl in Africa and she'll earn 25% more money, be 3 times less likely to contract HIV/AIDS, and have a smaller, healthier family.2 Our support for these organizations will educate more than 10,000 girls in the developing world.
Digital technology is one of the most powerful drivers of prosperity -- when you have access to it. In low and middle-income countries, a mere 10% increase in Internet penetration leads to a 1.4% increase in economic output.3 Innovative groups are using social media, open source programming, mobile networks and other technology platforms to connect communities, improve access to information and solve stubborn problems. Our gift will help these organizations bring about scalable change for millions of technology users.
The bad news: there are more slaves today than at any other point in history.4 The good news: by returning to their villages and helping educate others, freed slaves protect hundreds of thousands of at-risk people from being tricked or forced into similar misery.5 Our support will free more than 12,000 people from modern-day slavery, and prevent millions more from being victimized.