Google launched a campaign on Monday to fight Ebola. For every dollar donated, the multibillion dollar company will pledge two more.
Google has set a collective fundraising goal of $7.5 million, all of which will go to a slew of nonprofits working to stop the spread of the deadliest Ebola outbreak in West Africa. “These organizations are doing remarkable work in very difficult circumstances to help contain this outbreak, and we hope our contribution will help them have an even greater impact,” Google wrote on its official blog page.
People can contribute as little as $10 or as much as $1,000, then Google will match each dollar donated plus two more. The proceeds will be evenly distributed among four charities: Doctors Without Borders, International Rescue Committee, Partners in Health and Save the Children, according to the Google campaign's website. Google said it will cover all transactions so that the full amount is donated to these charities.
Google has donated $10 million immediately to nonprofits such as InSTEDD, International Rescue Committee, Doctors Without Borders, NetHope, Partners in Health, Save the Children and U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Separately, Google Inc. CEO Larry Page’s family foundation has pledged an additional $15 million. “Our hearts go out to everyone affected,” Page wrote on his Google Plus page.
Technology industry executives have been among the biggest donors to the cause since the worst Ebola outbreak in history began six months ago. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has pledged $100 million, while Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have donated $25 million toward fighting Ebola. Facebook also created a button that makes it easier for users to donate to nonprofits fighting the disease.
As of Nov. 7, Ebola had killed at least 4,950 people in the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The United States has experienced four confirmed cases of Ebola and one death.