Two Years And $32M in Google.org Grants For Racial Justice
Googler Austin Swift, a lead on the CPE Impact Immersion, rides along with an officer to understand his efforts to implement community-informed policing.
It’s been two years since Google.org first launched its formal racial justice portfolio, and to date they have supported organizations using data science and innovative new approaches to advance inclusion and justice for all.
Today, they’re building on this commitment with another $7.5 million in grants to organizations advancing reform in our justice system, bringing their support to $32 million total. They’re also looking back at some of their grantees and achievements to date.
ROUNDUP OF GRANTS:
Vera Institute: $4M grant:
The grant will help Vera build an authoritative data set that will allow researchers to measure the true economic impact of incarceration rates in rural areas.
Vera is doing important work to expand the narrative of mass incarceration to include small towns and rural communities where jail populations are increasing most,” said Justin Steele, Principal at Google.org and Racial Justice Giving lead. “We’re proud to support Vera’s creation of a local jail data set and an accessible visualization tool to help end mass incarceration in these communities. Vera is our second largest grantee in our Racial Justice Portfolio, and we look forward to exploring ways that our employees can volunteer and help Vera with their efforts.”
Last month, we supported LatinoJustice with a $1 million grant to improve the quality of Latinx criminal justice data and shape the narrative and storytelling on the impact of mass incarceration in Latinx communities.
We’re supporting the Leadership Conference Education Fund with a $2 million grant to bolster their effort to help more law enforcement jurisdictions work with community groups, who are a critical partner in policing.
Our $500,000 grant to the R Street Institute’s Justice for Work Coalition will support their efforts aimed to bring bipartisan support for criminal justice reform and to reduce barriers to employment following incarceration.
Our grants are a reflection of Google longstanding commitment to equality and our investments in innovators making a difference in racial and criminal justice. In February 2017, we announced 11.5 million in Google.org racial justice grants, in June, we supported the Equal Justice Initiative’s effort to raise awareness about Lynching in America, and we have Google volunteers working hand in hand with these organizations.