Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

GOOGLE LACKS PHILANTHROPIC PROFILE HERE Series: THE GOOGLE EFFECT

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

GOOGLE LACKS PHILANTHROPIC PROFILE HERE Series: THE GOOGLE EFFECT

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Google touts its community outreach efforts, including sponsoring office tours for schoolchildren and other groups to create excitement about computer science, but it hasn't taken on the kind of public philanthropic profile that "old economy" companies from H.J. Heinz to BNY Mellon, which moved its corporate headquarters in 2007 from Pittsburgh to Manhattan, or even somewhat newer health care entities such as UPMC have fostered.

If you ask Google community affairs officer Matt Dunne, the city shouldn't count on the company ever reaching those levels.

"I don't think it's an appropriate expectation. It's not our headquarters; it's not our center of gravity or that kind of thing," said Mr. Dunne.

"We're very committed to the Pittsburgh community. It's great place to do business, to do technology and is an extraordinary community overall. We will be there; we will be playing our part as a good corporate citizen as we have, and you'll continue to see us making these efforts."

Google employees have given $60,000 to five local nonprofits fighting poverty, the company matching their donations.

Earlier this year, the search engine giant declared a "flash- funding" of $65,000 to pay for wishlist projects from 79 teachers in 58 schools in seven area counties.

On its website, Google lists local recipients of its corporate grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. In 2013, those included Construction Junction, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. The company also has served as a host and a key sponsor of Steel City Codefest, a daylong coding session where participants create apps for the city or local nonprofits.

In total since 2011, the company has given $10.3 million in grants to local nonprofits and universities. Recent initiatives include teaching seniors from Osher Lifelong Learning the ins and outs of technology, an office toy drive for Presents for Patients and a partnership with Heinz Endowments and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families to help local veterans and their families access community resources more easily. …

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