Raising the Bar on Social Impact: Announcing LinkedIn Nonprofit Innovation Grants 2014 [SLIDESHOW]

January 27, 2015


LinkedIn’s vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. As Co-Chair of the LinkedIn for Good for Employees Grants Program, I’m inspired everyday by fellow employees who contribute to this vision above and beyond their day jobs. For this reason, two years ago, we created the Employee Grants Program as an opportunity to support employee commitment to social innovation. Employees apply for $10,000 USD to support their favorite nonprofit’s next innovative initiative, and then support them in bringing that innovation to life.

I’m proud to share that this program now provides more than $500,000 USD each year to LinkedIn employees’ favorite nonprofits. Our 2014 finalists, selected from an ever-more competitive class, have raised the bar in terms of employee passion and organizations’ potential for scale and impact. They are also increasingly global, with a third coming from outside of the Americas.

This round’s recipients include Chris Jones who championed Skateistan to build educational skateparks to improve educational outcomes for youth in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa;