Girls Who Code received a donation of $1m from Lyft riders this year through the ride sharing app's Round up & Donate program, Lyft has announced. The program, which riders choose to opt in to, rounds up fares to the nearest dollar and automatically donates the difference to one of Lyft's chosen charities. Girls Who Code was added to their list of beneficiaries last year.
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Girls Who Code, which was founded by Reshma Saujani, state that its single mission is to close the gender gap in technology. It has been working for over six years to attract more women and girls into STEM subjects and career paths across all 50 US states. "We are on track to achieve gender parity in computer science by 2027," Saujani claims in an open letter on the Girls Who Code website, "parity is only the beginning", she added.
So far, Lyft's donations have helped launch 3,500 Girls Who Code clubs which impact the lives of 84,000 girls across the US. Other funds have gone towards aiding the organization with its financial assistance for classroom equipment, teacher training and other student issues.
"We couldn't be more excited to be celebrating the $1m milestone with our friends at Lyft through their unique Round Up & Donate program," said Saujani. "And the moment is made even more special knowing that this was made possible by the riders themselves!"