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Google creates $2m fund for immigrant causes and invites staff to match fund it

Google creates $2m fund for immigrant causes and invites staff to match fund it

Technology company has announced to staff that it is creating a $2 million crisis fund for immigrant and refugee causes. It could be worth $4m as the company is inviting its employees to match it.

The fund has been created amid concern among and some criticism by major US technology and other companies at the Trump administration’s ban on and on entry into the US by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.

The new fund was announced to staff on Sunday in a message from chief executive Sundar Pichai, who has himself criticised the President’s executive order. In another message to staff, he said:

“We’re upset about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the US.”

 

Google announced that donations from its new fund would be divided between the American Civil Liberties Union, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, International Rescue Committee and UNHCR.

 

Fred Korematsu

The search engine company’s disapproval President Trump’s policy on refugees and citizens of certain countries was underlined by its Google Doodle today, on its US site. It featured Fred Toyosaburo Korematsu, civil rights activist and survivor of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. January 30th, 2017 would have been his 98th birthday.

In 1998 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s most distinguished civilian award. He is famous for saying:

“If you have the feeling that something is wrong, don’t be afraid to speak up.”

Google has done just that.

To emphasise the point even further, Google reports that the doodle was created by artist Sophie Diao, “herself a child of Asian immigrants”.

 

 

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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