Earlier, Danny blogged details about plans for the new Google Foundation. He mentioned in his post that the official Google.org site had not been updated. Well, the Google.org site, it has now been updated to better reflect today’s news.
The Google.org the page now contains background about several organizations that Google has made some “initial commitments” to.
We have made some initial commitments, which include:
* Acumen Fund: Google is partnering with the Acumen Fund, a non-profit venture fund that invests in market-based solutions to global poverty. The Fund supports entrepreneurial approaches to developing affordable goods and services for the 4 billion people in the world who live on less than $4 a day.
* TechnoServe: Google is also working with TechnoServe to help budding entrepreneurs in Ghana turn good business ideas into thriving enterprises with the launch of a Business Plan Competition and an Entrepreneurship Development Program.
* Water Research: Google plans to support research in western Kenya to identify ways to prevent child deaths caused by poor water quality and to better understand what works in rural water supply. The research is being conducted by Alix Zwane and Edward Miguel of UC Berkeley and Michael Kremer of Harvard University.
The page also has info about the Google Grants program that offers free ads on Google to non-profits.
Btw, the site also notes that the Google Foundation “is not accepting funding requests and unsolicited proposals at this time.”