Google will see your dollar and raise you another to fight Ebola
Google has pledged to give two dollars for every dollar internauts donate to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Given the amount of money that the multinational corporation has and its very own name is sort of a letdown that they didn’t decide to give $1010100 (also known as a gogoolplex) for each $1 donation. Moreover, the doubling campaign will end once $7.5 million is raised. Still, the fact that that goal is less than $2 million away is proof that Internet users have embraced the gesture. Additionally, Google CEO Larry Page pledged a separate $15 million through the Page Family Foundation, and Google says it has given $10 million to several charities involved in the battle against Ebola.
Another uplifting fact is that Google will take care of the processing fees, meaning that each and every dollar will reach its intended destination. This destination is the Network for Good – not to be confused with the Hall of Justice – which in turn will redistribute the money evenly among Doctors Without Borders (or Medecins Sans Frontieres, as the French say), the International Rescue Committee, Partners in Health, and Save the Children. The Network for Good is a leading collector and distributor of funds and will have 100% control of the contributions per the IRS. Speaking of which, donations are tax-deductible for United States citizens.
There is no limit to the number of times that someone can make a $5, $10, $25, $50, $250, or $1000 donation, either with Google Wallet or with a credit card on the Network for Good website. On the other hand, Google will not double any donations made through other websites or to other organizations aside from the ones mentioned above, which the tech giant chose based on “their strong track record and existing response.” Therefore, if your charity of choice is the International Medical Corps, you might want to make a donation through Facebook instead. Either way, and while money is welcome, most humanitarian organizations agree that, like with Soylent Green, it’s people that make the most important part of the war on Ebola.