Google's Impressive Year of Philanthropy

In 2011, Google gave out more than US$ 115 million in funding to non-profit groups. Today the company announced funding for several projects, including support for efforts that fight slavery and human trafficking.

In today's announcement, Google listed 16 programs the company is funding in the area of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and education efforts for girls in developing worlds. Boston-based Citizen Schools and U.K.-based Generating Genius are two of the STEM organizations that will benefit from the funds. Google says that the company's STEM education funding will affect more than 3 million students.

Other recipients include the African Leadership Academy, which provides merit scholarships for young women, and the Afghan Institute of Learning, which helps improve literacy rates for women and girls in Afghanistan. Google says that more than 10,000 girls in developing countries will benefit from these grants.

Google is also awarding grants to 15 groups that are "using the web, open source programming and other technology platforms to connect communities and improve access to information." Vittana, a global education non-profit that helps students get education loans, is one of the recipients, along with Code for America, which focuses on helping American cities leverage web technologies to provide services for citizens.

"Modern day slavery is a multi-billion dollar industry that ruins the lives of around 27 million people," Google's blog post says. "So we're funding a number of groups that are working to tackle the problem." Groups benefiting from these grants include the International Justice Mission (IJM) in India, The BBC World Service Trust, Action Aid, and Aide et Action, which are joining forces to form a new coalition to work with governments to stop slave labor. Other grants will go to fund the Slavery Footprint calculator and the Polaris Project's National Trafficking Hotline.

If you would like to see a complete list of the latest round of recipients, or if you would like to contribute to any of the groups or projects, visit the Google Gives Back page for more information.

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