Former Google CEO’s charity betting on connecting the Capital Region

May 11, 2022 | press

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, second from left

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, second from left, expresses her happiness that local nonprofits were awarded $410,000 for digital inclusion initiatives by Schmidt Futures, a charity started by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy, on Wednesday at the Capital South Campus Center on Warren Street in Albany. Sheehan is surrounded by, from left, Chiquita D’Arbeau, executive director of the Albany Housing Authority, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, and Peter Gannon, CEO of the United Way of the Greater Capital Region. Photo by Larry Rulison

ALBANY — A charity created by the former CEO of Google – before it changed its name to Alphabet – is betting on the Capital Region’s ability to connect people and improve their lives through computing.

Three prominent local nonprofits announced Wednesday that they had collectively been awarded $410,000 by Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic venture of tech billionaire Eric Schmidt, the former Google CEO, and his wife, Wendy.

The money will go toward “digital inclusion” projects underway by the United Way of the Greater Capital Region, the Friends & Foundation of Albany Public Library, and CanCode Communities.

Along with the sizable value of the grants, being awarded a Schmidt Futures grant is considered extremely prestigious, considering the competitive nature of the process.

The largest grant went to CanCode Communities, an innovative software programming training program for people who have never worked in the industry that began as Albany CanCode and has since spread across the state, including into New York City.

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