Help Google decide where to allocate $5 million to Canadian nonprofits


After a four month submission and application review process, Google is ready to allocate $5 million to Canadian nonprofits — and wants your help deciding how to allocate it. Voting started on March 6 and runs through March 28 on’s Impact Challenge | Canada website.

A few months ago, we invited Canadian nonprofits to share their best ideas for how to build a better world through technology. From hundreds of entries, we’ve narrowed the field to just ten projects that have the potential to really change the world and make an impact in people’s lives.

Out of all the submissions, ten finalists were chosen — all of whom will receive a portion of the $5 million in the form of grants. The finalists will present their ideas to a panel of judges who will decide, and after taking the public vote into account, the five winning organizations will receive $750,000 each from Google. The remaining five organizations will each pick up $250,000.

The ten finalists are:

  • Victoria Hand Project: Vote to fund affordable 3D-printed prosthetics for people around the world.
  • David McAntony Gibson Foundation: Vote to fund immediate search and rescue mapping data to improve disaster relief worldwide.
  • PeaceGeeks Society: Vote to fund a platform connecting all newcomers with immigrant services.
  • Canadian Red Cross: Vote to fund a new way of responding to disasters, providing aid quickly to those in need.
  • The Rumie Initiative: Vote to fund access to the best learning resources for indigenous youth.
  • British Columbia Children’s Hospital Foundation: Vote to fund a mobile platform to accurately diagnose pneumonia and save children’s lives.
  • World Wide Hearing Foundation International: Vote to fund access to hearing care for children living in remote communities.
  • The Arctic Elder Society: Vote to fund SIKU, a living archive of Inuit knowledge that helps communities adapt to climate change.
  • Growing North: Vote to fund greenhouses that grow fresh, affordable produce year round in Canada’s North.
  • Food Banks Canada: Vote to fund an app that diverts quality food away from landfill and towards people in need.

You can find more information on each nonprofit and their projects on the Impact Challenge website. If you wish to vote, visit the source link below and cast your vote (up to four times) to help select the projects you think will make the most difference.

What do you think of Google’s Impact Challenge initiative? Which project or projects are you going to vote for? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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