The Google.org Impact Challenge Columbia rallies the community around bold ideas to make Columbia's neighborhoods even better.
A panel of advisors helped us select four nonprofits with innovative ideas for growing economic opportunity in the Columbia area, and each will receive $50,000 in grant funding as well as Google training. The public has now voted for the cause they believe has the most promise, and the People's Choice winner will receive an additional $50,000.
Meet the winners
Our advisors have selected the four winners. These four nonprofits are pursuing big ideas to create economic opportunity in the Columbia area, and each will receive $50,000 in funding. The organization that received the most votes will get an additional $50,000 in funding.
Epworth Children's Home
Provide foster youth with business experience at the Epworth Ice Cream Company
Train and employ youth to create a talent pipeline for Midlands businesses
Midlands Technical College Foundation
Prioritize academics and career training (PACT) for young adults in foster care
Richland County Public Library
Level the playing field for entrepreneurs to accelerate economic growth
About the challenge
Columbia is known for its energy, rich culture, and entrepreneurial spirit. The Google.org Impact Challenge Columbia supports local nonprofits with big ideas to create opportunity in the Columbia area.
Meet the advisors
Meet our panel of advisors who helped review the submissions and select the winners.
WIS News Anchor
CEO, Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp.
President, Together SC
President, University of South Carolina