2017 NetHope Device Challenge Launches with $5.5M Gift from Google.org

NetHope Communications Team
nan.hall@nethope.org | 206-604-5118
kristin.kalning@nethope.org | 425-281-6665
Google.org Communications Team
Roya Soleimani, press@google.com

SEATTLE – January 17, 2017 –  NetHope, a global consortium of 50 of the world’s leading nonprofits, today launched the NetHope 2017 Device Challenge, a subgrant program for nonprofits to advance their missions through the use of phones, tablets, laptops/PCs, and other hardware and training.

The program comes thanks to a $5.5 million grant award from Google.org, the charitable arm of Google. This grant was part of a larger initiative from Google.org, which donated $30 million to nonprofits over the holiday season, and a total of over $100 million to nonprofits in 2016.

“The 2017 NetHope Device Challenge will bring hardware directly to nonprofits and the populations they serve around the world. We’re proud to fund the device procurement, integration, training, and connectivity costs for organizations working with the most vulnerable populations — including women and girls — who often struggle to access the resources, education, and opportunities they deserve. We look forward to seeing the many ways nonprofits around the world use technology to expand their programs and impact,” said Sasha Buscho, Portfolio Manager for Google.org.

The NetHope 2017 Device Challenge will distribute grants ranging from $250,000 to $1 million to NetHope members and eligible nonprofit organizations that can incorporate devices into their development programs for maximum social impact. Grantees will be evaluated on a variety of criteria, including the estimated size of the target population to be served and the applicant’s overall strength and stability.

“Google.org has proven to be one of NetHope’s staunchest supporters, offering funding and resources at critical times,” said NetHope CEO Lauren Woodman. “Our NetHope members and other nonprofits will find immediate and innovative uses for this funding. We are looking forward to seeing the proposals from our applicants, and the impact this money ultimately will have in underserved communities.”

The NetHope 2017 Device Challenge will be collecting initial Expressions of Interest until January 27, and applications will be accepted between January 30 and February 28. For more information about the NetHope 2017 Device Challenge, please see the program page at the NetHope Solutions Center.

About NetHope

NetHope empowers organizations to improve the world by applying the promise of technology to the problems of humanity. NetHope is a consortium of 50 leading global nonprofits that joins forces with other committed tech companies and funders to design, apply, adapt and scale technological solutions in development, humanitarian response and conservation.  

About Google.org

Google.org was founded in 2005 as the charitable arm of Google, and has committed approximately $100 million in investments and grants to nonprofits annually. Google.org gives several high-impact grants to nonprofits using technology and data in innovative ways to support racial justice, educational opportunity, crisis response and issues affecting the San Francisco Bay Area, where the company is headquartered.

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