Google’s charitable efforts
February 5, 2016
Because of its various initiatives, Google is always in the news. However, recently you may be hearing more about the company. That’s because Alphabet, Google’s parent company, surpassed Apple to become the most valuable company in the world.
And as Google gains more value, its charitable efforts continue to grow.
Remember that guy who bought Google.com?
Back in September 2015, Sanmay Ved purchased the Google.com domain for $12. He held the domain for a minute before Google realized the mistake, cancelled the transaction, and refunded his money.
As part of Google’s Security Reward Program, Ved was rewarded for exposing this bug. But, it wasn’t until recently that Google announced how much the company paid him: $6,006.13 (Google spelled out numerically).
Turns out, Ved wasn’t interested in the reward. He told Business Insider, “I don’t care about the money. It was never about the money. I also want to set an example that it’s people who want to find bugs that it’s not always about the money.”
Ved donated the money to the Art of Living India foundation. This nonprofit has 404 schools and offers free education to over 39,200 children in India. When Google learned of Ved’s charitable deed, it doubled the reward so that the foundation received a total of $12,012.26.
Google’s made its own statement on the subject. Eduardo Vela Nava, a Google Security executive said, “You may have read about Sanmay Ved, a researcher from who was able to buy google.com for one minute on Google Domains. Our initial financial reward to Sanmay-$6,006.13-spelled-out Google, numerically (squint a little and you’ll see it!). We then doubled this amount when Sanmay donated his reward to charity.”
Offering free Google Fiber to public housing
Another ongoing charitable effort is Google’s work with the White House’s ConnectHome initiative. Google is providing free Google Fiber, some of the country’s fastest Internet, to residents in public housing. The first place to get this service is Kansas City, and Google Fiber plans to bring free Internet to 1,300 low income households in the area.
Google is also working with the Housing Authority of Austin, Texas, to launch the same free Internet option there. Eventually the goal is to have “every city that hosts Google Fiber capable of providing a gigabit connection to those who previously couldn’t afford it.” This is nine cities and counting.
The Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Julian Castro explains just how significant this is to individuals in Kansas City. He says, “For families here, at West Bluff, the days when young folks had to research a paper using the wifi at McDonalds, or research a paper using a library computer, are over.”
Many companies take corporate social responsibility seriously, and Google is certainly leading the pack.