Google announced on Wednesday a new $50 million initiative to study and prepare "for the changing nature of work," beginning with investments in the U.S. and Europe to help train job seekers and improve the working conditions for those already employed.
The commitment comes by way of Google.org, the search giant's philanthropic organization. Its president, Jacquelline Fuller, unveiled the campaign in a blog post this morning, stressing the goal is to "make sure that as many people as possible can make the most of the new jobs, industries and opportunities that are emerging — some of which we couldn't have imagined just a few years ago."
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In other words, Google.org is studying the economic effects precipitated in no small part by its own parent company, Alphabet.
To start, some of the new money is heading to groups like Code for America, as Google.org looks to "support organizations who are driving innovative approaches to connecting job seekers and employers," as Fuller described it.
The search giant's initiative also has backed Social Finance, a U.S.-based nonprofit that will study the cost effectiveness and success of youth-training programs.
And Google.org said it has devoted another slice of its new $50 million fund to "improving job quality for low-wage workers."
One of its grantees is the National Domestic Workers Alliance, which Fuller praised for its service, called Alia, that "pools money among domestic workers through a small monthly fee" — with the aim of helping those injured or otherwise facing financial difficulty take some time off. Google.org said some of the company's volunteers would help the group "market and translate the service."