Msg#: 3550873 posted 5:52 pm on Jan 17, 2008 (gmt 0)
In one of the most widely watched efforts in corporate philanthropy in years, Google Inc. said it will dole out nearly $30 million in new grants and investments to nonprofits and a private business that are taking on do-good projects such as tapping solar power, preventing plagues and improving public services for the poor.
Msg#: 3550873 posted 11:29 pm on Jan 17, 2008 (gmt 0)
pff yeah google is always trying to do stuff to make themselves look good. I just came across an adwords lawsuit site today <snip>. I gave up on adwords when I went through a 10k budget way quicker than I should have. I wonder if this affects their newpaper ads too.
[edited by: goodroi at 3:36 am (utc) on Jan. 18, 2008]
Msg#: 3550873 posted 1:19 am on Jan 18, 2008 (gmt 0)
I suspect that handing out $30 million in grants is cheaper than showing true corporate responsibility. Don't forget the hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks given to Google to move to this or that location. Taking the US-wide view, Google avoiding all these taxes means substantially less tax money to spend on 'Do Good Projects' by the various levels of government - a shortfall which must be met by an increase in taxes, or just not met at all. (If there were no tax incentives to go to 'X' Google would still have made their investment somewhere)
Msg#: 3550873 posted 2:13 am on Jan 18, 2008 (gmt 0)
>Google avoiding all these taxes means substantially less tax money to spend on 'Do Good Projects' by the various levels of government ...
Well, that not only does whatever good Google can do with that money, but it prevents whatever ills the various levels of government would have done with it...
Sounds like a win-win to me. But that's just my impression. Anyone who disagrees with me is welcome to start collecting state sales taxes from their customers and forwarding them to the taxing authorities.