Google tackles refugee crisis, pledges dollar-for-dollar donation matching

Google has a long-standing history of providing aid and relief to global crises as a humanitarian mission. Last year, the company committed $1 million to disaster response in the aftermath of the Nepali earthquake, and rolled out several technological tools like their Person Finder to help connect families with potential victims to ensure their safety.

Now, Google is stepping their humanitarian aid up a notch with a pledge to match donations dollar-for-dollar - up to $5.5 million in donation matching ($11 million total) - for displaced refugees and migrants from conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa.

Google has promised 1:1 donation matching for the first $5.5 million

According to Google, who acknowledges the refugee crisis as "the world's biggest since the Second World War," donations will be disbursed to Network for Good, a donor advised fund founded in 2001 by AOL, Cisco Systems and Yahoo!. From there, the donated funds will be distributed to four different organizations:

  • Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières)
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Save the Children
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Google expanded on the aid these organizations are offering:

These nonprofits are helping deliver essential assistance - including shelter, food and water, and medical care - and looking after the security and rights of people in need. Google will cover all processing fees so that 100% of your donation goes to where it is needed most.

Google also says the donations are tax-deductible as charitable giving, and users can donate as many times as they want - donations will be matched until the goal of $5.5 million is hit.

To contribute a donation, visit Google's refugee relief page here.

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