Zoom Cares: amplifying social impact with the power of Zoom
Zoom Cares helps nonprofits like Ready Set Push provide life-changing programs to people in need. Learn how they impact their communities.
Updated on February 18, 2022
Published on February 22, 2022
At Zoom, our company's purpose — to help the world connect — is interwoven with our core value of Care. That’s what led us to establish Zoom Cares, our social impact arm, in 2020, furthering our commitment to our communities and making a difference in our world.
Over the past two years, we’ve seen challenges exacerbated across interconnected areas of society, including racial and social inequity, climate disasters, limited education access, and lack of mental health support. Often these issues impact young people, low-income families, and communities of color, who might experience multiple challenges overlapping at the same time. Recognizing the urgent need to address these issues, we dedicated our most recent funding to these areas.
We’re writing to share that Zoom Cares donated $5.5 million in January to support over 20 organizations globally. Read on to learn more about these phenomenal organizations and their work.
We aim to distribute resources in the way community leaders have asked us to — with them at the decision-making table.
We take a community-centered grantmaking approach, looking to expert advisors with deep issue understanding and lived experience to help us identify organizations to fund. We believe these nonprofit leaders and issue experts have a strong understanding of the solutions needed to enact change. Our social impact efforts at Zoom could not be achieved without their help.
Our advisors guide us to diverse organizations serving those most affected by inequality. Grantees are recommended to us with the following guiding principles in mind:
Leading with our community-centered grantmaking approach, we asked eight experts in the climate and social equity space to map where Zoom Cares resources are most needed. The group helped us direct $5 million to grassroots organizations all steered by representative leadership, focused on empowering young people and communities of color across the globe.
We encourage you to get to know these organizations and their critical work:
Last September, we announced a $2 million mental health grant round, in which issue area experts connected us to eight mental health organizations.
As part of our continued dedication to addressing challenges experienced by young people, Zoom Cares has committed an additional $500,000 to organizations in Brazil and Japan focused on serving youth and communities of color.
As a next step, we are partnering with each group to understand how we can collaborate beyond funding — in the ways they identify, such as capacity building or network connections. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to support these organizations and look forward to following their progress.
If you’d like to learn more about our work, visit our 2020 Social Impact Report and stay tuned for our 2021 report, coming soon!