Two Google employees who graduated from the University of Washington have come up with a simplified way for their fellow workers to give money to social causes — an idea that raised about $120,000 for an endowed scholarship at the UW just this week.
Jessan Hutchinson-Quillian and Krista Davis, graduates of the UW’s Computer Science and Engineering program who now work for Google Seattle, created a simple, two-click way for Google’s Seattle employees to give to a selected group of local charities. Each charity is “sponsored” by one or more Google employees, who agree to match the donations of their co-workers. It’s also matched by the company itself, tripling the value of the gift.
“I think it gives a nice feeling of going into giving as a collective rather than an individual,” said Hutchinson-Quillian by email. “We’re all so busy here that it takes a lot to create a buzz; having your peers putting down $1,000, $5,000, $10,000, in a public way for something they believe in is noteworthy.”
The program also raised money for the Seattle office of Solid Ground and the Kirkland office of Hopelink, as well as the Vittana Foundation, Social Justice Fund Northwest and the Post-Prison Education Program. Each program was showcased for a day on the company’s G-Give website.