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; Liz Li who supported Wave Hospitality to connect talented underserved West African youth to entry level jobs; and Francesco Costanzo who championed the Organisation for Friendship and Diversity to launch a program with the aim of supporting the integration of immigrant children into European countries through photography.

These are just a sampling of the extraordinary organizations and solutions that our employees champion. You can read more about their inspiring stories of social innovation in the SlideShare below.