Bay Area tech companies donate over $30 million after George Floyd protests – San Francisco Chronicle


Bay Area companies, particularly those in the tech industry, have committed tens of millions of dollars to groups focusing on racial justice and police reform. The efforts came as a Minnesota officer was charged with the second-degree murder of George Floyd, a black man, whose death sparked protests around the world.

Airbnb: The home rentals company is donating a total of $500,000 to the NAACP and the Black Lives Matter Foundation and matching employee donations. “Discrimination is the greatest threat to a community built on belonging and acceptance. It cuts to the core of who we are and what we believe in. Airbnb stands with Black Lives Matter, and we reject racism, bigotry, and hate,” the company said.

Apple: CEO Tim Cook wrote that Apple is donating an unspecified amount to organizations including the Equal Justice Initiative. “To create change, we have to reexamine our own views and actions in light of a pain that is deeply felt but too often ignored. Issues of human dignity will not abide standing on the sidelines. To the Black community — we see you. You matter and your lives matter,” he wrote.

Cisco: The San Jose company is committing $5 million to Equal Justice Initiative, Black Lives Matter and an internal fund “for fighting racism and discrimination. “We need ACTION to eradicate racism, inequality, and injustice,” CEO Chuck Robbins said on Twitter.

Electronic Arts: The Redwood City video game maker is donating $1 million to the Equal Justice Initiative and the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund and other groups to come.

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Facebook: CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company is donating $10 million to racial justice groups that is it working with employees to identify. Facebook workers have criticized Zuckerberg for allowing a post by President Trump threatening violence against protesters to stay online.

Google: The search giant is donating $12 million to organizations including the Center for Policing Equity and the Equal Justice Initiative. It is also offering $25 million in Google ad grants. The company is matching an additional $2.5 million in employee contributions, the largest giving campaign in company history, CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog post. Google’s YouTube division also committed $1 million to the Center for Policing Equity.

Intel: The Santa Clara company is donating $1 million to nonprofits and community organizations and matching employee donations to groups including Black Lives Matter Foundation, the Center for Policing Equity and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Lyft: The ride-hailing company is providing $500,000 in ride credit to National Urban League, NAACP, National Action Network, Black Women’s Roundtable and National Bail Fund Network.

Salesforce: San Francisco’s biggest private employer donated $1 million to the NAACP and last month partnered with BET and United Way to donate $500,000 for black families affected by the crisis.

Slack: CEO Stewart Butterfield and his partner, Away co-founder Jennifer Rubio, are giving $700,000 to Black Lives Matter, NAACP, the Bail Project, the Equal Justice Initiative, the Center for Policing Equity, Campaign Zero, Project Nia, Color of Change, Until Freedom, Loveland Foundation. They are also matching donations up to $300,000.

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Square: The San Francisco payment processor’s Cash App division is donating $50,000 each day to a justice-focused organization for 10 days. Its first contribution on Friday was to East Oakland Collective, a community group focused on organizing and homeless services. Cash App is also matching contributions from others to the groups.

Stripe: The payments processor is waiving $1 million in fees for nonprofits combating racism and $100,000 each to unidentified organizations working to reform policing and criminal justice.

Uber: The ride-hailing company is donating $1 million to the Equal Justice Initiative and the Center for Policing Equity.

Roland Li is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: roland.li@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @rolandlisf





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