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Beeck Center Nets $11M in New Funding to Support Work

The Georgetown University-based program plans to use the money to support its ongoing work, specifically around helping government boost access to public safety net benefits.

Key Bridge in Washington, D.C.
The Key Bridge and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation has netted $11 million in new funding that will go toward supporting its ongoing work, specifically as it applies to public safety net benefits.

The two programs benefiting most from the new money are the Beeck Center’s Digital Benefits Network and its Digital Service Network. Within that, some of the money will support the Unemployment Insurance Technology Coordinating Coalition — a node of the Digital Benefits Network — which strives to boost the systems and technology around unemployment insurance. Part of this involves the coalition expanding its work with state governments.

Of the money, a $5 million grant comes from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; a $5 million gift comes from Alberto and Olga Maria Beeck; an $800,000 grant comes from The Families and Workers Fund; and a $500,000 grant comes from the Ford Foundation.

This is all work already underway through the Beeck Center, which was founded nine years ago at Georgetown University, where it is still housed.

“We are incredibly proud of the work being done by the fellows, students, and staff at the Beeck Center,” said Alberto Beeck, co-founder of the Beeck Center and chair of its Advisory Board, in a statement. “For nine years the Center has worked to enhance people’s experience in accessing public benefits and digital government services. We’re also thrilled to continue to inspire the next generation of students who are charting the Center’s continued growth as they forge a human-centered future of civic tech.”