Impact Challenge

Your community. Your ideas to make it better. The Impact Challenge asks local nonprofit innovators how they would make their community—and beyond—an even better place. The public and a panel of local judges vote for the ideas with the most potential, and pairs each winner with a strategic package of support including funding and Google volunteers.

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Pittsburgh has always been home to innovators who possess the talent, grit, and determination to think big. The Impact Challenge Pittsburgh rallies the community around bold ideas to create even more local economic opportunity. With the guidance of local advisors, we'll award 4 grants to local nonprofits in early 2018. The public will vote for the most impactful idea, and that organization will receive double the funding to kick-start their work.

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Winner spotlights

Bay Area

Hack the Hood

The big idea: Give students real-world technology training by connecting them to local small businesses that need websites. We gave them a $500,000 grant, and more than 200 Google volunteers pitched in to help bring their dream to scale. In 2016, Hack the Hood and its 9 regional partner organizations held 12 summer bootcamps throughout the broader Bay Area.

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Libraries Without Borders

The big idea: Deploy portable libraries around the world to give refugees access to quality educational resources. We gave Libraries Without Borders a €500,000 grant and a group of Google volunteers spent a year consulting with them on the best strategy to industrialize the production of the Ideas Box, reducing costs to increase scale.

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The big idea: Develop a mobile directory of critical support services for the 1 in 200 Australians who are homeless each night, nearly 80% of whom have access to a smartphone. We gave Infoxchange a $500,000 grant and paired them with a Google volunteer mentor to extend their reach. They now list more than 350,000 organizations nationwide.

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