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May 18, 2016

Facebook Arm’s Program Promotes Virtual Reality for a Cause

Facebook-owned virtual-reality company Oculus is starting a program aimed at helping nonprofits showcase their social missions using 360-degree video technology, reports USA Today. The effort, dubbed VR for Good, also includes a youth component that will provide equipment and mentoring to students at nine San Francisco-area high schools to make immersive videos about their communities.

Oculus is investing $1 million in the two VR for Good pilot projects. Charities hoping to take part have until the end of May to apply for the program. Winning groups will be matched with filmmakers and provided with professional gear, training, a travel budget, and post-production support to produce videos to be unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017.

Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy article on nonprofits using virtual-reality experiences to entice donors and promote their missions.