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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.

The 2015 Google Impact Challenge has concluded.
Learn more about the 2021 program.

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. 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.

The 2015 Google Impact Challenge has concluded.
Learn more about the 2021 program.

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.


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

  • Harrison Barnes

    Golden State Warriors

  • Fred Blackwell

    Chief Executive Officer,
    The San Francisco Foundation

  • Mialisa Tania Bonta

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
    Literacy Lab (2014 winner)

  • Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr.

    Former Mayor,
    San Francisco

  • Audrey Cooper

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • David Drummond

    Senior Vice President
    of Corporate Development,

  • Jacquelline Fuller


  • Hunter Pence

    San Francisco Giants

  • Condoleezza Rice

    66th US Secretary of State

  • Helen Zia

    Author and activist,
    Board Co-Chair of Equality Now