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Google’s $5 Million Bay Area Non-Profit Giveaway

Your last day to vote to give $5 million to your favorite Bay Area nonprofits
By - posted 10/20/2015 No Comment

Converting a liquor store into a community-based learning and tutoring center. Providing millions of dollars of 0% interest loans to small businesses. Breaking the poverty-to-prison cycle by building a residential alternative to prison for young adults….

That’s just a sample of the innovative ideas from local Bay Area nonprofits you can help fund through the the 2015 Google Impact Challenge.  And all you have to do is vote to decide where $5 million in funding goes.

The top 10 finalists have been chosen by a panel of local advisors (including the Giants’ Hunter Pence & Condoleeza Rice), and now it’s your turn.

The top four will receive $500,000 in grant funding, the remaining six will get $250,000 each. 15 additional organizations will each receive $100,000 and all nonprofits will be connected with Google volunteers and coworking space in SF.

2015 Google Impact Challenge | Bay Area

> Vote Now for the four innovative ideas you want to bring to life.

  • TalkingPoints – Help parents & teachers connect across languages
  • The Big Lift – Help San Mateo County kids learn through summer
  • The Reset Foundation – Reimagine the justice system
  • YBCA – Transform Market Street & public spaces
  • Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal – Affordable legal aid
  • City Year – Help at-risk kids graduate in East San Jose
  • Kiva – 0% interest loans for local small Oakland businesses
  • Essie Justice Group – Support women with loved ones in prison
  • The Hidden Genius Project – Help teens grow into leaders
  • 826 Valencia – Build a creative writing center

Voting ends on October 20, and winners will be announced on October 21, 2015.

Nearly 800 nonprofits applied and 25 finalists were selected. Vote for your favorite forward-thinking non-profits who will make a direct impact.

Choose from 826 Valencia who want to build a creative writing center for kids in the Tenderloin, Kiva which wants to support Oakland’s local small businesses with 0% interest loans, the YBCA who want to create fun vibrant public spaces along Market Street and many other awesome ideas for making our communities better.

Cast Your Vote – The Bay Area Top 10

Cast your vote for the four ideas that most inspire you. The deadline is October 20th.

15 Bay Area Finalists

Although they didn’t make it into the Top 10, the following 15 Bay Area nonprofits all receive $100,00 grants, support from Google Volunteer and access to coworking space at the Impact Hub.

Centro Community Partners

Creating apps and training tools for low-income entrepreneurs to build sustainable businesses

Code for America

Helping people legally change their criminal records online under Proposition 47

East Oakland Youth Development Center

Providing education and leadership training for youth in Oakland

Farallon Institute

Using data and advanced sensors to better manage Bay Area fisheries

Five Keys Charter School

Providing access to adult education with mobile high-tech classrooms in isolated neighborhoods

The Flight Deck, an enterprise of Ragged Wing Ensemble

Supporting small arts organizations in Oakland to employ underrepresented artists

Friends of the Urban Forest

Planting sidewalk gardens in underserved neighborhoods in San Francisco

La Cocina

Supporting low-income food entrepreneurs to launch brick and mortar businesses

Mother Coders

Providing a tech orientation program for moms with onsite childcare

The Representation Project

Launching youth-driven campaigns that challenge limiting stereotypes

San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Providing effective sexual health messaging in dating apps

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Education Fund

Advocating and organizing for an equitable expansion of bike sharing


Preparing Santa Clara County high school foster youth for STEM jobs

Urban Ed Academy

Building a tech training hub for youth in Bayview

We Teach Science

Creating opportunities for youth through math and science mentoring and tutoring online