We’ve already reported on Google’s significant charity efforts this year, including the twenty million dollars in donations to several charitable organizations and the gift of over five million dollars of proprietary code to the open source community. However, Google is also making it possible for users of its Chrome extension to contribute to charities in their own way: by opening new browser tabs.
According to a report by Mashable, the Chrome browser has a new Google-made extension that will allow users to contribute to a charitable cause of their choice. The extension adds a small icon to the browser that keeps track of how many tabs the user has opened. At any time, the user can click on the icon to see what their opened tabs will do when “cashed in.” This features items like ten tabs equating to one tree being planted and twenty-five tabs equating to one vaccination set. At the end of each day, the user can select which charity they want to donate the “tab funds” to.
Here are Google’s charity options:
* The Nature Conservancy: An ecological protection and conservation group.
* charity: water: An organization focused on bringing clean drinking water to those in underprivileged nations.
* Doctors Without Borders: An international organization that gives medical and humanitarian aid to nearly seventy different countries.
* Un Techo para mi País: A group working to create transitional housing to improve quality of life for struggling families in North and South America.
* Room to Read: An organization that seeks to teach children in developing countries how to read and write.
These “tab funds” come from a one-million dollar amount set aside by Google for this purpose. Users can only submit 250 tabs each day, and are limited to one Chrome for a Cause account per person.
You can download the Chrome for a Cause extension here and open new tabs for charity through December 19th.