Dropbox co-founders, Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi, recently announced the launch of Dropbox Foundation. The online file-hosting service is the latest Silicon Valley tech giant to develop a formal philanthropy arm. Together with Dropbox, Drew and Arash endowed the Foundation with an initial $20 million to develop partnerships with human rights organizations around the world.
The Foundation will be making contributions in two unique ways. First, grants will be unrestricted, a contrast to the majority of foundations that have guidelines in place for how money can be spent; organizations are selected carefully and the Foundation trusts that they know what they need better than anyone else. Second, Dropbox employees will be volunteering their skill-sets to match with each partner's unique needs, anything from improving data security to recruiting top talent.
Below is a quick highlight of each of the Foundation's first chosen partners of 2018: