Last week, Google invited Chrome’s users worldwide to “donate” their opened tabs in Chrome to drive a charitable gift of one million dollars. Google today say “the Chrome community responded with staggering enthusiasm and, acting together, raised 60,599,541 tabs for charity.”
“Each Chrome user chose the causes their tabs would support, which determined how we allocated our one million dollar donation. We’ll be making the donations at year-end, and our partner charities are already looking towards applying the funds from Chrome for a Cause in 2011.”
Google said, “the following donations would be made on behalf of the Chrome community”:
- $245,278 toward planting trees in the Atlantic Forest, one of the world’s endangered tropical forests.
- $232,791 toward providing clean water, by building freshwater wells for communities in developing nations.
- $112,078 toward building shelter, to be constructed by volunteers for impoverished families in Latin America.
- $267,336 toward administering vaccinations against meningitis to combat outbreaks in Africa.
- $142,518 toward publishing books by local writers and illustrators, which will be created and donated to schools and libraries across Asia and Africa.