If you google "philanthropy" today, your results will probably contain Google. In its largest one-day contribution ever, the search giant contributed $40 million to fight slavery, promote education, and increase access to technology. According to the San Jose Mercury News, nearly one-quarter of the money is going to Bay Area organizations.
Of the $40 million: $14.7 million has been contributed to 16 organizations involved in STEM education; $11.5 million will go to 10 recipients working to end slavery and human trafficking; $9.8 million to 14 organizations empowering communities through technology; and $3.9 million was given to 7 organizations dedicated to educating girls. Visit Google.org, the philanthropic branch of Google, for a full-list of recipients.
These end-of-year contributions bring Google's giving to $115 million for 2011.