Google donated $1.4 billion to combat Covid-19 pandemic, the most in the tech industry
While millions of people around the world have moved on and put the covid pandemic behind them, it’s worth remembering the contributions made by scientists, researchers, nurses, doctors, truck drivers, and others. However, there is another group that gets less attention: tech companies. At the early stage of the pandemic, many of these tech companies made significant contributions including resources and money.
Among the tech firms with the most contribution is tech giant Google. According to StockApps.com, Google has donated $1.4 billion. Thus, making it the largest donor in the tech industry to help communities, enterprises, and health professionals.
“Google has been putting its words into action on the campaign against Covid 19. They have so far made 31 donations totaling $1.4 billion. Besides, they have provided hours and hours of unpaid community support to the global COVID-19 response,” says StockApps.com’s Edith Reads. She went on to add. “They have focused their attention on regions whose resources can have the most impact. Their mitigations include economic relief, health and science, and distance learning.”
Economic help and restoration
Many people worldwide lost their jobs, and countless firms went out of business. The key targets were families that rely on food help programs or live paycheck to paycheck and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
The Google.org cash awards to Youth Business Intl, Opportunity Finance Network, and Common Future were part of its significant commitment to helping SMBs access low-interest financing.
The Family Independence Initiative, GiveDirectly, and GiveIndia have received massive funding from Google. A total of 149,000 persons, 64% of whom were women, received emergency monetary help from Google.org grantees in 2020.
COVID-19 saw millions of pupils absent from school at its height. There was a dramatic switch to virtual learning in response from parents, teachers, and school districts.
The tech giant offered a Distance Learning Fund to support institutions worldwide. Moreover, the funds helped teachers and parents access vital learning resources.
Google also improved international learning networks. For example, Khan Academy received grants to provide more COVID-19-specific tools for teachers and parents. The materials could serve a monthly audience of over 18 million learners.
Again Google donated to INCO to support charities in Europe and Asia. The support intends to help students at risk of intellectual disabilities.
Besides Google, Facebook, Cisco, Netflix, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft also went out of their way to donate towards alleviating the ravages of the pandemic.
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