Code.org is getting $12 million in philanthropic funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other donors like auditor PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), as first reported by the Seattle Times. The organization also announced in a Medium post that it has reached ten million girls with student accounts on its platform.
The Code.org nonprofit trains teachers on how to teach computer science lessons to students from kindergarten through 12th grade. It also hosts Hour of Code activities for students to learn coding basics. This year’s Computer Science Education Week starts today and there are over 122,000 Hour of Code global events registered to happen throughout the week.
Bill Gates has been involved in Code.org since 2013, when he contributed tutorials to the Honor of Code and attended a conference call with students. Other contributors have included tech companies like Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. Many school districts and governors across the US have also pledged to the cause.