At LinkedIn, we encourage our employees to take intelligent risks and to pursue opportunities that will transform themselves, the company and the world. These values inspired LinkedIn for Good for Employees to develop new grants programs to connect the passion and skills of our employees with opportunities to make a positive impact on the world. In the past year, we’ve truly been blown away by the impactful organizations and initiatives championed by LinkedIn employees, from supporting a charity that distributes low-cost prosthetics to leading a program to green areas in Central Delhi. We hope our selected recipients in the Slideshares below inspire you to think differently about innovation, transformation and changing the world.
Our newest grants program, Innovation Grants, seek to help the social sector take intelligent risks by awarding $10,000 USD to organizations looking to launch or scale new, unique programs.
Employees are our eyes on the ground; as current volunteers and Board Members, employees championed their favorite organizations through the selection process, advocating for their organizations’ potential to disrupt the status quo. We received more than 150 applicants, heard presentations from 73 amazing organizations and their employee champions, and selected 51 grantees. The organizations we recommended for funding are ready to take on incredibly innovative and impactful programs, from creating “solar libraries” so impoverished students in the Philippines have access to light to launching experiential design-thinking classes for at-risk youth in the Bay Area.
In its second year, Transformation Grants are awarded to employees eager to act on specific ideas that will transform themselves, their communities, or the world. This year, we received more than 50 truly inspiring proposals, awarded 13 of them with $3,000 USD to see their transformative ideas come to life.
With their Transformation Grants, our employees are leading initiatives like organizing fundraisers to support street music around the world and providing for his 5-year-old son who was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year.
We’re proud to have so many employees who have been inspired to use their passion and skills to shape the world around them. Thank you to all of our applicants, and congratulations again to our 2013 winners!