Google Awards $115-Million in 2011

Google on Wednesday announced that it was making $40-million in grants during the holiday season, The New York Times reports. That amount means the company is giving a total of $115-million this year, about the same as in 2010.

The just-announced grants went to efforts to promote science, technology, engineering, and math education in the United States, to use technology to solve problems and improve the economy, to provide schooling for girls in developing countries, and to fight slavery and sex trafficking.

The slavery and trafficking grants, which totaled $11.5-million, were new this year for the company, which previously focused much of its giving on education and technology.

Google has revamped how it approaches giving this year, The Times notes, bringing grant making under the aegis of its philanthropic arm, Google.org. That unit had previously focused exclusively on applying the firm’s engineering and technological expertise to social problems such as global health and energy consumption.

It says it still meets a goal it announced when it went public to donate 1 percent of its profit and equity.

See how Google’s giving compared with the other big companies that provided contributions data to The Chronicle for its annual survey.

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