Dr. Larry Brilliant has shifted into a new role at Google.org, the search giant’s philanthropic arm. He will now be the Chief Philanthropy Evangelist. Meanwhile, Google’s Vice President of New Business Development will add Google.org General Manager to her duties.
As part of the shift, Google will re-align its goals to focus on philanthropic missions tied more closely to its business model.
Dr. Brilliant explained in a post on the Official Google Blog:
During our review it became clear that while we have been able to support some remarkable non-profit organizations over the past three years, our greatest impact has come when we’ve attacked problems in ways that make the most of Google’s strengths in technology and information; examples of this approach include Flu Trends, RechargeIT, Clean Energy 2030, and PowerMeter. By aligning Google.org more closely with Google as a whole, Megan will ensure that we’re better able to build innovative, scalable technology and information solutions.