Powered by Purpose:

an AWS Imagine Grant Documentary Series

Explore the journeys of our AWS Imagine Grant recipients as they take their missions to the next level by harnessing the power of the cloud. 

The Imagine Grant Program is a public grant opportunity open for registered 501(c) nonprofit organizations in the United States who are using technology to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.

Learn more about how these nonprofits of all sizes and mission areas take on a diverse set of challenges and unlock potential within their organizations through technology. 

From leveraging machine learning to support translation efforts for refugees to storing massive amounts of research to generate cures for childhood cancer, these stories exhibit the ingenuity and possibilities that happen when mission-driven organizations have the right tools.    

2019-2020 AWS Imagine Grant Winners

These are the powerful stories of our Imagine Grant winners

  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
  • Code of Support Foundation
  • Creative Commons
  • Kiva
  • SkyTruth
  • Breastcancer.org
  • Tarjimly
  • PATH
  • CommunityConnect Labs
  • replate
  • Urban Institute
  • Ushahidi
  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

    Childhood cancer takes the lives of more kids in the US than any other disease. Despite these staggering statistics, less than four percent of the US federal budget for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancer.

    The founders of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) know what it means to be impacted by this on a personal level, and they are on a mission to accelerate research that can end the suffering of hundreds of thousands of children worldwide.

    Learn how ALSF uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) to process the data of millions of publicly available samples to make them available and transparent for childhood cancer researchers, increasing research efficiency—and time to a cure—exponentially.

    AWS Imagine Grant Winner: Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
  • Code of Support Foundation
  • Code of Support Foundation

    One of the biggest challenges veterans face is finding the right resources among the many military and veteran service providers and support organizations. These programs and resources may often have specific eligibility criteria or limitations for benefits that are not always transparent. As a result, our service members, veterans, and their families spend hours trying to find a solution only to discover they are ineligible or that the help is no longer available.

    Code of Support Foundation developed a tool called PATRIOTlink to drastically improve the search functionality among these many resources, providing veterans and caregivers with more accurate and faster results for their crucial needs. Timing is everything, and by leveraging AWS, COSF is able to quickly get resources into the hands of those who need them most.

    AWS Imagine Grant Winner: Code of Support Foundation
  • Creative Commons
  • Creative Commons

    Throughout time and history, sharing knowledge and ideas has been a vital part of our culture. However, discovering and navigating this vast amount of content and knowledge can be difficult and often comes with the complex terrain of copyright and licensing issues. Creative Commons seeks to change that.  

    By using AWS to improve search and discovery, Creative Commons provides a wide range of content for all types of creators and reusers. Students, designers, researchers, educators, and more can access high-quality content to engage with confidence for any use.

    AWS Imagine Grant Winner: Creative Commons
  • Kiva
  • Kiva

    Kiva believes in a financially inclusive world where all people hold the power to improve their lives. Financial systems exclude more than a billion people worldwide, preventing access to loans and vital services. This forces families to operate in unpredictable cash-only economies.

    Kiva needed to develop a systems-change approach to help address the biggest hurdles to financial inclusion. They did so by leveraging emerging technologies to solve this complex problem at scale.

    AWS Imagine Grant Winner: Kiva
  • SkyTruth
  • SkyTruth

    Every year, millions of gallons of oil are intentionally spilled into the ocean from ships at sea, an illegal practice known as bilge dumping. This practice pollutes the ocean, sullies beaches and shorelines, hurts marine life, and impacts the lives and livelihoods of people living and working in coastal communities that depend on a clean, healthy ocean.

    SkyTruth developed a tool called Cerulean to use machine learning to automate the detection of bilge dumping, enabling the identification of vessels responsible for this pollution. Making this hidden problem both visible and measurable will give stakeholders new tools in the fight against environmental pollution.

    AWS Imagine Grant Winner: SkyTruth
  • Breastcancer.org
  • Breastcancer.org

    For 20 years, Breastcancer.org has been a leading digital resource for people affected by breast cancer. Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis can be confusing and overwhelming, which often yields an internet search of complex medical terms and difficult to navigate resources. 

    Breastcancer.org seeks to alleviate that confusion by providing personalized, expert guidance and support to help individuals make informed decisions about their breast cancer treatment. By leveraging Amazon Personalize, Breastcancer.org can make custom-built recommendations for individuals navigating the ever-evolving and complex field of treatment and diagnostics. 

    AWS Imagine Grant Winner: Breastcancer.org
  • Tarjimly
  • Tarjimly

    Seventy five million people are displaced worldwide. These refugees are trapped by language barriers every day.

    Tarjimly believes it is a human right to be heard and understood.

    An idea stemming from the Syrian refugee crisis, Tarjimly launched a machine learning-based tool for refugees to eliminate language barriers in times of crisis, enabling volunteers to match with refugees who speak their language and dialect.

    Hear their story.

    AWS Imagine Grant Winner: Tarjimly
  • PATH
  • PATH

    The homeless face significant barriers when trying to find housing and timing is crucial to ensuring quality of life.  

    In 1983, Claire West Orr asked herself why she wasn’t doing more to help the homeless populations in Los Angeles.

    More than 30 years later, PATH is building a mobile application to match homeless individuals with housing through a map-based mobile platform leveraging chatbot technology.

    Learn how PATH uses real-time data to help people find homes.

    AWS Imagine Grant Winner: PATH
  • CommunityConnect Labs
  • CommunityConnect Labs

    What is the census? And why does it matter? 

    CommunityConnect Labs knows that being counted leads to greater access to resources for communities.

    It's why they've developed new applications and training tools to help nonprofit partners and local governments ensure a fair and accurate 2020 Census. 

    Discover how they use technology to help every person get counted.

    AWS Imagine Grant Winner: CommunityConnect Labs
  • replate
  • Replate

    Forty percent of food is wasted in the United States. One in six people do not know where their next meal will come from.

    Often referred to as the Uber of food rescue, Replate has built an application to match surplus food to communities in need in real-time. Replate uses technology to scale resources and has rescued more than 2 million pounds of food in three years.

    Find out how they do it.

    AWS Imagine Grant Winner: Replate
  • Urban Institute
  • Urban Institute

    Policy decisions affect our everyday lives.

    Urban Institute is empowering policymakers, researchers, and individuals to use data for intelligent policy making. They are building a new API-first local policy data hub to empower policymakers and researchers to be proactive about using data for intelligent policy making.

    Learn how their new API-first data hub transforms communities.

    AWS Imagine Grant Winner: Urban Institute
  • Ushahidi
  • Ushahidi

    Climate-related disasters are on the rise. In just three years, Americans have spent more than $450 billion responding to climate change emergencies.

    Ushahidi is developing Kettle, a service to help individuals gain financial resiliency in the face of ongoing climate change disasters.

    Discover what drives Ushahidi.

    AWS Imagine Grant Winner: Ushahidi

How to apply in 2021

The application cycle for the 2020 AWS Imagine Grant Program is now closed. Submissions were due by September 30, 2020. To receive information about the next available cycle in 2021, please sign up for email alerts. Visit our AWS Imagine Grant Program webpage to learn more about past winners and next year's application process.