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Google offers $10 million to fund five good ideas to change the world

Google offers $10 million to fund five good ideas to change the world

Google is offering up to $10 million to finance new ideas that will “change the world by helping as many people as possible.” Project 10100 is Google’s way of celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The competition is open only to individuals but you can submit on idea on behalf of your company, charity or organisation. Google points out, however, that it can’t guarantee that the organisation will be selected to implement the idea if it is chosen.

The Google Blog suggests “Maybe the answer that helps somebody is in your head, in something you’ve observed, some notion that you’ve been fiddling with, some small connection you’ve noticed, some old way of doing something that you’ve seen with new eyes”.

The competition offers a great opportunity for publicising a charity and its ideas. Broadcaster CNN will be covering the project, including profiles of ideas and the people who submit them from around the world.

Categories in the competition include community, opportunity, energy, environment, health and shelter.

Ideas must be submitted by 20 October 2008. The public will be invited to vote on the shortlisted ideas from 27 January 2009 and Google will fund up to five ideas.

www.project10tothe100.com

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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