Let’s build an even better Bay Area together.

Through the Google Impact Challenge, we awarded $5.5 million to Bay Area nonprofits. A panel of advisors helped us select ten nonprofits with innovative ideas for building a better Bay Area, with the top funding recipients chosen by a public vote.

Bay Area Top 10

Voting has closed. The six organizations who gathered the most votes ("People's Choice") receive a $500,000 grant. The remaining four receive a $250,000 grant.

Due to a virtual tie for fourth place in the public vote, six organizations were awarded the top funding amount rather than four.

Help kids find their voices
826 Valencia

Building a creative writing center for kids in the Tenderloin.

About one in three Bay Area fifth graders is not proficient in reading and writing. 826 Valencia aims to address this inequity by helping kids build creative and expository writing skills through inspiring, project-based programs. With our grant, 826 Valencia will convert a liquor store in the Tenderloin into an imagination-filled, community-based tutoring center to help 2,000 local students increase their writing skills, engage in learning, and find their voices

Lab Partners, a San Francisco-based husband and wife team, created the artwork to represent each of the top 10 nonprofits.

Make legal aid accessible
Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal

Providing affordable legal aid to people in need.

Four out of five low-income Americans are unable to get legal aid when they face discrimination in the workplace, have their property destroyed or their savings stolen, or confront many other challenges. Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal is working to ensure that everyone in the local community can get access to civil representation. Over the next 12 months, they will expand this first-ever model to more neighborhoods, protecting thousands of families’ rights.

Lab Partners, a San Francisco-based husband and wife team, created the artwork to represent each of the top 10 nonprofits.

Help at-risk kids graduate
City Year

Helping East San Jose students reach graduation and beyond.

One in five young people and more than one in three African-American and Hispanic youth drop out of high school. City Year addresses this by providing intensive mentoring and tutoring in math and literacy during the school day for students in East San Jose. After school, City Year is accelerating learning for students who need it most by providing additional hours of programming. With our help, City Year will support 8,000 additional students, helping them stay in school and prepare for college.

Lab Partners, a San Francisco-based husband and wife team, created the artwork to represent each of the top 10 nonprofits.

Grow small businesses
Kiva

Supporting Oakland’s local small businesses with 0% interest loans.

Nearly 90% of businesses in Oakland are small businesses. They have the passion and the plan, but often lack just a small amount of capital to start or expand. With our grant, Kiva Oakland will crowdfund 0% interest loans for small business owners who are socially impactful but financially excluded. Over 3 years, they’ll generate $4 million in funding for 800 community entrepreneurs to build their businesses and strengthen Oakland's neighborhoods and economy.

Lab Partners, a San Francisco-based husband and wife team, created the artwork to represent each of the top 10 nonprofits.

Help parents and teachers connect
TalkingPoints

Building a texting platform for parents and teachers to meaningfully connect across language divides.

In California, nearly half of students speak languages other than English at home. It can be difficult for these students’ families to meaningfully connect with teachers in order to support their children’s education. With our grant, TalkingPoints will build a multilingual texting platform for parents and teachers to communicate across language divides. Over the next two years, this tool will help over 1 million families start conversations to drive students’ achievement.

Lab Partners, a San Francisco-based husband and wife team, created the artwork to represent each of the top 10 nonprofits.

Help kids learn through summer
The Big Lift

Helping all San Mateo County kids learn to read and succeed.

In San Mateo County, only 35% of Latino, African-American and Pacific Islander children can read proficiently by third grade, a critical milestone for academic success. The Big Lift unites over 200 organizations to ensure every San Mateo County child learns to read. With our grant, The Big Lift will offer summer programs to provide enriching experiences and prevent learning loss so that underserved kids have the support they need to succeed in school and beyond.

Lab Partners, a San Francisco-based husband and wife team, created the artwork to represent each of the top 10 nonprofits.

Support women with loved ones in prison
Essie Justice Group

Building a movement to empower women with incarcerated loved ones.

One in four women in America has a family member in prison. These women are left to manage finances, care for children and hold families together, often at an enormous personal cost. Essie Justice Group will build a movement to support and connect women, and empower them to advocate for change in the justice system. With our grant, Essie will reach 1000 women and families over the next two years, and impact thousands more by shifting public attitudes and criminal justice policies.

Lab Partners, a San Francisco-based husband and wife team, created the artwork to represent each of the top 10 nonprofits.

Help teens grow into leaders
The Hidden Genius Project

Training black male youth to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders.

Black males in the Bay Area disproportionately experience systemic barriers to the training and employment opportunities necessary to build a higher quality of life. The ​Hidden Genius Project trains and mentors black male youth in technology​ creation​, entrepreneurship and leadership skills to transform their lives and communities. With our grant, The Hidden Genius Project will launch a multi-year intensive program to train an additional 100 young men, and will serve a total of 2000 youth over the next three years.

Lab Partners, a San Francisco-based husband and wife team, created the artwork to represent each of the top 10 nonprofits.

Reimagine the justice system
The Reset Foundation

Reimagining the justice system for sentenced young adults.

Thousands of Bay Area families are caught in a poverty to prison cycle, funneled from low-performing schools to a costly cycle of joblessness and prison. The Reset Foundation aims to break that cycle by building an alternative to prison for young adults. Supported by our grant, Reset will open its first residential campus, focused on technology-supported learning, career training and social-emotional wellness. The program’s first graduates will save taxpayers nearly $20 million.

Lab Partners, a San Francisco-based husband and wife team, created the artwork to represent each of the top 10 nonprofits.

Transform public spaces
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Revitalizing San Francisco’s Market Street with inspiring public spaces.

Market Street is one of San Francisco's busiest, least inviting streets. In 2018, it will undergo a major redesign, creating opportunities to turn this thoroughfare into a public space that inspires connection and joy. With our grant, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will bring to life 100 citizen-submitted ideas for turning Market Street into a more vibrant public space. 20 of these ideas will become permanent installations along the newly designed Market Street.

Lab Partners, a San Francisco-based husband and wife team, created the artwork to represent each of the top 10 nonprofits.

Advisors

Meet our panel of advisors. Together, we
reviewed the submissions and selected the finalists.

About the Challenge

The Bay Area has always been home to changemakers and forward-thinkers who challenge the status quo. The Google Impact Challenge: Bay Area rallies the community around bold ideas to make our neighborhoods even better.

Google.org invited local nonprofits to submit their proposals. Together with a panel of advisors, we reviewed these applications and chose 25 finalists who will receive $5.5 million in funding, support from Google volunteers and access to co-working space via the Impact Hub. We looked for projects with innovative approaches, ambitious plans to improve the lives of local residents, and nimble, adventurous leadership teams to execute their vision.

The public cast their votes to help decide who received the top awards. We invite you to read about all 25 funded projects.

How it Works

15 Bay Area Finalists

The following 15 nonprofits will receive grants of $100,000, support from Google volunteers and access to coworking space at the Impact Hub to continue their inspiring work to make the Bay Area even better.