Inspired by our incredible employee base and creator community, and grounded in our inclusion principles of empathy, respect, and opportunity, we set out to expand our impact and empower our entire community to foster positive social change. Since launching Unity Social Impact at the Unity for Humanity Summit in October 2020, we have:
Read on to learn about our journey towards a more sustainable, equitable, and inclusive future.
Creators are using Unity to build innovative projects that have the potential to change the world. Through the Unity for Humanity Program, we were motivated by this powerful creativity to support creators with a range of financial, technical, and marketing support. Nearly $700K in grants were distributed to support changemakers reaching new audiences and advancing their meaningful work. Discover some of the powerful RT3D innovators we have been able to partner with:
Tamara Shogaolu is an international director and new media artist focused on sharing intersectional stories across physical and virtual mediums and platforms to promote cross-cultural understanding and challenge preconceptions. Shogaolu received a Unity for Humanity Grant for Un(re)solved to support participation in the Tribeca Juneteenth exhibition. Un(re)solved is currently at the DuSable Museum of African American History, and recently won the major Digital Storytelling prize at IDFA.
Brasilian-American filmmaker Luisa Dantas works at the intersection of storytelling, social justice, and cities to produce impact-driven multimedia content. Dantas is Executive Producer of Dot’s Home, which received a Unity for Humanity 2020 grant in March. Dot’s Home was recently nominated for an IndieCade Impact Award and is now available to play on itch.io and steam.
El Lim is head of Khayalan Arts, an Indonesian creative studio founded to tell environmentally-friendly stories with positive social values using visual and interactive mediums. The team’s latest project, Samudra was recently released on Steam. Samudra is a 2D puzzle, adventure game designed to promote ocean conservation and raise awareness of the impacts of plastic waste.
The Environment Grant winners that were announced at the Unity for Humanity Summit showed us some of the seemingly endless possibilities to create environmental change and lead us towards a climate-positive future using Unity. The winners include:
Learn more about each of the 2021 Unity for Humanity Grantees.
What’s Next? Acting upon our mission to uplift inclusive creativity and build community to drive awareness and change, we’re expanding our support of underrepresented creators through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Electric South.
Check out the changemaker showcase to see more inspiring work from creators making an impact using RT3D.
For the past few years, we have granted Unity tools to students, educators, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations to reduce the gap in access to RT3D education and in-demand skills. We’ve grown to support over 560 students and educators this year, and provided over $1.2B in software grants to schools, students, and educators.
We recognize there is still a lot to do to expand access for underrepresented creators. This is why we focused on launching new teaching tools and resources for educators, including:
To support learners in keeping up with technological advancements and the latest best practices, we developed new courses and toolkits:
Beyond educational resources, we focused on expanding opportunities for creators. Building your mobile game into a business was produced to empower Indie developers to build their mobile game into a self-sustaining business. Live Help underwent critical technical improvements, including the integration of Zoom, new Twitch-Esque broadcasts wherein experts help to resolve editor issues live, and accessibility improvements.
What’s next? In 2022, we’ll be accelerating our mission to provide real-time learning for all even further, by expanding our range of free online courses and launching more solutions to problems educators have identified as barriers to inclusive learning experiences. If you haven’t already, get started developing your skills on unity.com/learn.
Through education and storytelling, creators are driving towards a more sustainable world. We have granted nearly $1M in environment-related grants this year in support of creators catalyzing sustainable change.
Along with these grants, we’re supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy in the following ways:
What’s Next? This year is all about groundwork. We will continue to drive decarbonization across the gaming industry, and increase our support of sustainable businesses, projects, cleantech innovation, and creators. We’re investing in implementing a robust ESG: Environmental, Social, and Governance disclosure program to elevate our transparency. We anticipate releasing our first ESG report in the Spring of 2022.
Beyond granting to social impact creators, and equipping future creators with resources and opportunities, we are committed to contributing to organizations that are benefiting inclusive learners. We have partnered with more than 50 organizations this year, donating $2M to drive RT3D education innovation forward and make it more accessible to all.
Here are a few of the organizations we are proud to partner with:
Generation is working to transform education to employment to help both workers and employers. Since their inception, they have graduated over 46K into positions earning 3.8x their pre-program income. We donated $250K for Generation to run a Unity training program in Pakistan. The program is designed to upskill 120 learners in real-time job skills and place 80% of the graduates in jobs within 90 days of graduation.
Western and EXAR will develop AR and VR education tools to bring students into the ocean to virtually swim beside basking sharks. We granted in support of this coursework, and research into the efficacy and benefits of immersive education. We are excited to share best practices, training, and resources for educators as a result of this research in 2022.
Code Coven aims to reduce barriers to entry into the games and creative tech industries to enable more diverse ideas, stories, and technology to emerge. We granted in support of their organizing 6 ‘Intro to Game Making’ cohorts throughout 2022, influencing approximately 80 students who plan to work in the industry. Graduates are equipped to start, or pivot to game development careers.
Employees drive our social impact work. So far, over 700 global causes were supported by employee volunteering and donations since the programs launched in February and May of 2021.
In May 2021, as the COVID-19 crisis heightened in India, we initiated $100K USD in grants to employee-recommended organizations. Two grants went to local NGOs that provided emergency medical supplies, food, and financial support to more than 350,000 essential workers and marginalized families in need. Employees raised an additional $15K USD to support HelpAge India, Oxfam India, Goonj, and Rise Against Hunger India.
Also in May, Unity Colombia team members led a campaign in response to widespread protests and violence. This resulted in 2 grants totaling $50,000 USD from Unity, and an additional $5,500 raised by employees donated to Recon Colombia and Malabareando Las Calles.
In August 2021, two campaigns were organized for Haiti earthquake relief, and to support children in Afghanistan.
What’s Next? Like creators, employees are changemakers. Their passions and talents stimulate change and propel us positively forward. As we usher in 2022 and reflect on the first year of our Employee Giving Program, we’re proud to see the leadership Unity employees have demonstrated in direct response to world events and in support of nonprofits on the frontlines. We’re eager to roll out many future opportunities for employees to make change in our local and global communities, especially as we host our first annual week-long Unity Gives Back global volunteer event.
2022 will be a crucial year for us as we look to deepen our commitments and provide even more transparency into our progress and plans. Stay tuned for additional information over the next few months, as well as ways that you can be part of this pivotal time. Keep creating meaningful change.