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Updated on December 15, 2022
Published on November 08, 2022
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Today Zoom Cares, our social impact arm, announces $5M in donations to 20 organizations that advance our vision of a more just society for people and the planet we share. These groups are working globally at the forefront of social inequity, climate disasters, pandemic-disrupted education, and youth mental health. Often overlapping, these complex challenges disproportionately impact youth, low-income, and Black, Indigenous communities of color.
These funds build on $5.5M of grants shared with partners earlier this year. Unrestricted and multi-year financial resources are critical for organizations harnessing power from within their communities to address systemic and intersectional challenges and effectively bring about a thriving, just world.
We activate partnerships and distribute resources in the way community leaders have asked us to — with them at the decision-making table. That means taking a community-centered, trust-based grantmaking approach, looking to global expert advisors with deep issue understanding and lived experience to help us identify organizations.
Read on to learn more about our new partners.
Dear Asian Youth strives to uplift Asian youth and student communities through education, activism, and celebration. By using social media platforms and creative mediums like art, the organization seeks to increase representation, debunk stereotypes, and create connections with Asians around the globe.
Dear Asian Youth began as a blog by the same name started by Founder and Executive Director, Stephanie Hu, in the hopes that her poems might resonate with someone – anyone! Now, it is a global organization with over 300 core team members, a network of 200 chapters across 18 countries, a podcast, countless viral digital campaigns, and two conferences, among other impactful initiatives.
The Australian National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition (NIYEC) mobilizes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth to drive a new education ecosystem that is self-determined and governed by Indigenous youth, for the future of their Nations.
Australia has socially-segregated schools that disproportionately impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. By focusing on the transformative potential of education, NIYEC hopes to champion greater employment, health, and overall life outcomes.
RESES is a national network of 160 student associations across France building tomorrow through ecological projects including food, biodiversity, climate, and waste.
RESES is working to increase the number of student associations in their network across France. Additional regional branches will help RESES train more students on ecological and solidarity issues, and increase impact and credibility at the local level. They will also be ramping up their digital awareness campaigns to build greater engagement and affinity with their student communities, and finally plan to conduct research projects in order to increase knowledge and understanding of climate activism.
CLIMA Fund supports grassroots groups and movements that address the root causes and harmful impacts of the climate crisis in 168 countries globally, with a focus on low-income communities of color.
As the devastating effects of climate change disproportionately impact vulnerable communities around the world, CLIMA Fund recognizes that the most ambitious solutions are coming from those who are most impacted by but least responsible for climate change: Indigenous Peoples, women, youth, and disadvantaged groups. Yet, these communities often lack the resources and power necessary to make change a reality.
In addition to the above four organizations, Zoom Cares is supporting the following groups:
We extend our gratitude to these groups for their tireless efforts around the globe – and we look forward to our multi-year partnerships. Learn more about Zoom Cares here.