Bay Area companies, especially those in the tech industry, have committed tens of millions of dollars to groups focused on racial justice and police reform. The effort came when an officer in Minnesota was indicted for second-degree murder of George Floyd, a black man whose death sparked protests around the world.
Airbnb: The home rental company donates a total of $ 500,000 to the NAACP and Black Lives Matter Foundation and matches employee donations. “Discrimination is the biggest threat to a society based on belonging and acceptance. It cuts to the core of who we are and what we believe in. Airbnb stands with Black Lives Matter and we reject racism, bigotry and hatred, ”the company said.
Apple: CEO Tim Cook wrote that Apple is donating an unspecified amount to organizations, including the Equal Justice Initiative. “In order to create change, we have to examine our own views and actions in the face of a pain that is deeply felt, but all too often ignored. Human dignity issues will not be left on the sidelines. To the black community ̵
Cisco: The San Jose company pledges $ 5 million to the Equal Justice Initiative, the Black Lives Matter and an internal fund “to combat racism and discrimination. “We need action to eradicate racism, inequality and injustice,” CEO Chuck Robbins said on Twitter.
Electronic Art: Redwood City video game maker donates $ 1 million to Equal Justice Initiative and NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund and other upcoming groups.
Facebook: CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company is donating $ 10 million to groups of race rules it is working with to identify employees. Facebook workers have criticized Zuckerberg for allowing a post from President Trump threatening violence against protesters to stay online.
Google: The search giant donates $ 12 million to organizations including the Center for Policing Equity and the Equal Justice Initiative. It also offers $ 25 million in Google ad grants. The company matches another $ 2.5 million in employee contributions, the largest campaign in the company’s history, CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog post. Google’s YouTube department also committed $ 1 million to the Center for Policing Equity.
Intel: The Santa Clara company donates $ 1 million to nonprofits and community organizations and matches employee donations to groups including the Black Lives Matter Foundation, the Center for Policing Equity and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Lyft: The company provides $ 500,000 in ride credit to the National Urban League, NAACP, National Action Network, Black Women’s Roundtable and National Bail Fund Network.
Sales Force: San Francisco’s largest private employer donated $ 1 million to the NAACP and last month partnered with BET and United Way to donate $ 500,000 to black families affected by the crisis.
slack: CEO Stewart Butterfield and his partner, Away co-founder Jennifer Rubio, donate $ 700,000 to Black Lives Matter, NAACP, Bail Project, Equal Justice Initiative, Center for Policing Equity, Campaign Zero, Project Nia, Color of Change, Until Freedom, Loveland Foundation. They also match donations up to $ 300,000.
Square: The San Francisco payment processor’s Cash App section is donates $ 50,000 each day to a justice-focused organization for 10 days. Its first contribution on Friday was the East Oakland Collective, a community group focused on organizing and homeless services. The Cash App also matches contributions from others to the groups.
Stripe: The payment processor waives $ 1 million in fees for nonprofit organizations fighting racism and $ 100,000 each to unidentified organizations working to reform police and criminal justice.
uber: The company donates $ 1 million to the Equal Justice Initiative and the Center for Policing Equity.
Roland Li is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @rolandlisf