The Big Lift wins $250,000, and valuable experience, as finalist in Google Impact Challenge


The Big Lift

As many friends and partners of SVCF learned a few weeks ago, The Big Lift – the bold social venture of SVCF, the County of San Mateo and the San Mateo County Office of Education to transform early learning for San Mateo County children – was a Top 10 finalist in the 2015 Google Impact Challenge: Bay Area

For three weeks, The Big Lift competed with nine other nonprofit projects to earn votes from the public in hopes of winning $500,000 in support from Google.org. 

I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to every one of our friends and partners who helped with this exciting, and at times nail-biting, public voting process, which ended on Oct. 20. The Big Lift was not one of the projects to receive $500,000, but as a finalist, the initiative will receive $250,000 in funding as well as the ongoing support and engagement of Google.org staff in our work.

It was a terrific victory to have been selected as one of the 10 most innovative social impact projects in the San Francisco Bay Area from a pool of more than 800 applications to the Google Impact Challenge. I was honored and humbled to stand on stage with representatives from the other finalists on Oct. 21. Each of the projects is compelling and inspiring in its own way. 

Here are a few highlights of some of the gains we had as a result of the Impact Challenge: 

  • The Big Lift increased its social media presence from a handful of followers on Twitter to well over 500, including the State Attorney General’s Office and the Super Bowl 50 fund. 
  • We had more than 30 people step forward to say they would like to volunteer for or get involved with the Big Lift.
  • SVCF and our Big Lift co-leaders, the San Mateo County Office of Education and the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, learned a lot that will be of great use to us in the future as we launch campaigns around important causes.

My father used to tell me that it’s not whether you win or lose, it is how you play the game. We played a great game and it was tremendous to have the support of the SVCF community behind us. 

Learn more about The Big Lift and how you or your colleagues can get involved.