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Google.org launches $20 million generative AI accelerator program

Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, is launching a new program to help fund nonprofits developing technology that leverages generative artificial intelligence.

The initiative, called Google.org Accelerator: Generative AI, will receive $20 million in funding and include 21 nonprofits, including Quill.org, a company that creates AI-powered tools for students to write feedback, and the World Bank (The company is building generative artificial intelligence applications to make development research more accessible.

In addition to funding, nonprofits participating in the six-week accelerator program will receive technical training, workshops, mentors and guidance from an “AI coach.” And, through the Google.org Fellowship Program, teams of Googlers will work full-time with three nonprofits—Tarjimly, Benefits Data Trust, and mRelief—for up to six months to help launch their proposed generative AI tools.

Tarjimly aims to use AI to translate languages ​​for refugees, while Benefits Data Trust is using AI to create assistants that support social workers in helping low-income applicants apply for public benefits. Meanwhile, mRelief is designing a tool to streamline the U.S. SNAP benefit application process.

“Generative AI can help social impact teams be more effective, creative, and effective in serving their communities,” Annie Lewin, director of global advocacy at Google.org, said in a blog post. “Google.org funders say AI can Helping them achieve their goals in a third of the time and at nearly half the cost.”

A survey by PwrdBy shows that 73% of nonprofits believe AI innovation is aligned with their mission, and 75% believe AI makes their lives easier, especially in donor triage, daily back-office tasks, and “missions.” Drive” programs and other areas. But for nonprofits seeking to build their own AI solutions or adopt third-party products, significant barriers remain — primarily cost, resources, and time.

In the blog post, Lewin cited a Google.org survey that similarly found that while four out of five nonprofits believe generative AI might be applicable to their work, for a range of internal and external reasons, Nearly half of organizations are not currently using the technology. external obstacles. “[These nonprofits] Lack of tools, awareness, training and funding were cited as the biggest barriers to adoption,” she said.

Encouragingly, the number of nonprofit startups focused on artificial intelligence is starting to increase.

Nonprofit accelerator Fast Forward said more than a third of applicants to its latest class this year were artificial intelligence companies. Crunchbase reports that more broadly, there are dozens of nonprofits around the world working around ethical approaches to AI, such as AI ethics lab AlgorithmWatch, virtual reading clinic JoyEducation, and conservation advocacy group Earth05.

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