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10 bright ideas for a better Bay Area

Nonprofits shared their bright ideas for a better Bay Area. We asked you to vote for your favorites. The top four winners received a $500,000 grant and six additional finalists each received $250,000. Explore these inspiring projects and get involved.

The 2014 Google Impact Challenge has concluded.
Learn more about the 2015 program.

About the challenge

The Impact Challenge invited nonprofits to share their bright ideas for a better Bay Area. An impressive roster from fields like education, housing, youth engagement and more came to participate. A panel of community advisors helped review their submissions, and the community voted for their favorite projects.

The four organizations that received the most public votes were each awarded $500,000 grant funding. The remaining six from the top 10 received a $250,000 grant. 15 additional finalists were also selected to receive a $100,000 grant to scale their impact in the community. All 25 nonprofits will receive technical support from Google and one year of accelerator support through Impact Hub SF.

Enjoy a complete snapshot of the nonprofits working to make a better Bay Area.

The 2014 Google Impact Challenge has concluded.
Learn more about the 2015 program.

15 Bay Area finalists

Every nonprofit brings extraordinary value and promise to the Bay Area. They impact our community in different ways - from microfinance for small business owners to education through hip hop, to restoration of our shoreline. These fifteen were awarded grants of $100,000 to continue their inspiring work, and to help make an even better Bay Area.

Community advisors

Meet our panel of community advisors. Together we reviewed submissions and selected the Bay Area Top 10.

  • Honorable Aida Alvarez

    Chair, Latino Community Foundation and Former Administrator, US Small Business Administration

  • Jacquelline Fuller


  • Secretary Norman Mineta

    Former Mayor of San José and Former US Secretary of Transportation

  • Chief Teresa Deloach Reed

    Fire Chief, City of Oakland

  • Reverend Cecil Williams

    Founder and Minister of Liberation, Glide Memorial United Methodist Church

  • Barry Zito

    Major League Baseball Player and Philanthropist