Tableau pledges $100M in software to tackle global Issues using big data

By Folake Dosu  |  October 30, 2018

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Last week at the Tableau Conference in New Orleans, Tableau Software announced its commitment to grant $100 million in software, training and financial support to the Tableau Foundation between now and the year 2025, according to a company press release.

Tableau’s pledge supports the use of data in combating the most pressing issues facing society, including global health, poverty, equality, and climate change. The company plans to fund the Tableau Foundation’s work through a $25 million equity donation from Tableau. Over the past four years since its inception, Tableau Foundation has donated over $30 million in software, services and cash to support 5,770 organizations working in 86 countries.

Nonprofit grant recipients include PATH, Splash and Community Solutions who are leveraging data to address global health, increase access to clean water in developing countries and help U.S. veterans secure affordable housing, among other big issues. Investing in Tableau Foundation’s capacity to support these organizations will help the Tableau Software employee-led organization realize its mission of solving the world’s most complex problems using facts and analytical reasoning.

"This grant will enable the power of analytics and this community to go further, use data to help solve some of our most complex problems, and make a meaningful difference in the lives of people in need."

"For the past five years, Tableau Foundation has partnered with leading nonprofits, governments, and fellow Tableau Community members to tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time," said Adam Selipsky, Tableau CEO. "This grant will enable the power of analytics and this community to go further, use data to help solve some of our most complex problems, and make a meaningful difference in the lives of people in need."

"The opportunity to bring 21st century data tools and digital technologies to bear against the world's greatest health challenges has never been better, or more needed," said Steve Davis, President and CEO of PATH, a global health NGO. "Our partnership with Tableau and Tableau Foundation is putting cutting edge tools in the hands of healthcare professionals and policymakers alike to ensure that no matter where a child is born, they have an equal chance to grow up healthy and to thrive."

"I'm continually amazed by the creativity and ambition of people with big ideas about how data can help do good in the lives of others," said Neal Myrick, Global Head of Tableau Foundation. "This contribution to that work gives us an opportunity to take many of those ideas, help them scale them for greater impact, and reach more people in more countries than we ever thought possible."

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