Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Google Finds It Hard to Reinvent Philanthropy

The New York Times for January 30 presents a thoughtful review of Google’s established arm for philanthropy, which is called DotOrg. In 2004, Larry Page, a founder, vowed to dedicate about 1 percent of its equity and substantial employees’ time, “hoping this institution may eclipse Google itself in terms of overall world impact.”

Stanford professor Joshua Cohen who was involved at one time said some thought that philanthropy could be reinvented using Google’s immense talent and resources to address huge problems. Since then, management and policies at the organization have come and gone and some say little that is meaningful has come from grants made. Google says its overall giving last year was $184 million including in-kind giving. Read the full New York Times article.

Posted by Myrna Meadows, NRS, International Falls

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