Announcing the Tableau Foundation

By Neal Myrick December 11, 2014

Our mission is to help people see and understand their data. This mission drives our work—but our customers’ and employees’ passion fuel it. This month, we’re excited to let you know about Tableau Foundation, a new way for people to combine data with passion, all in the service of making the world a better place.

Tableau Foundation is dedicated to encouraging the use of facts and analytical reasoning to solve the world’s problems. This fits the values and culture that our founders—Chris, Christian, and Pat—have instilled in the organization from day one: Data is for the people.

And data-driven problem solving is an important way of tackling those hard problems. It’s a big goal but we know our community—you’re up to the job.

We know this, because many of you are already doing it. Our Tableau Zen Masters have mobilized and volunteered their time and expertise to help develop rich visualizations in support of our amazing nonprofit partners.

In keeping with the Tableau Zen value of keeping things simple, the Foundation is starting with just three programs:

  • An employee service and giving program that matches employee gifts of money and time with foundation grants.
  • A community grant program that listens and responds to community needs and priorities in cities where we have offices.
  • A strategic grants program that supports projects and organizations that are using data to do something big, transformative, and scalable.

We have announced support for several organizations that we are really excited about including:

  • PATH – PATH is a 40-year-old global health innovator that this year touched more than 290 million lives in more than 70 countries. A grant of financial support, software, training, and services will help PATH visualize health data to help them make more strategic, evidence-based decisions.
  • Dimagi – Dimagi is an award-winning global health software company that delivers open and innovative technology to help underserved communities around the world. Tableau Foundation’s software, training, support, and services grant will help Dimagi and Columbia University Earth Institute tackle the Eboloa outbreak in West Africa in new and important ways that will help stop the Ebola outbreak and hopefully change future responses to global disease.

We are also partnering with GiveMeTap a social enterprise creating a more sustainable way for people to get water on the go. Every Tableau employee worldwide will get a GiveMeTap bottle, allowing us to cut our plastic bottle waste and stay hydrated. GiveMeTap works with local cafés to distribute free tap water to people carrying GiveMeTap bottles. And for each bottle purchased, they help provide clean drinking water to a person in Africa.

Finally, we are buying our Tableau Foundation T-shirts from Krochet Kids, a nonprofit that helps women in Uganda and Peru work themselves, and at least six others in their community, out of poverty.

We’ll be sharing more information about the Tableau Foundation in the coming months, including online resources for nonprofits to apply for grants and support.

Thank you for being a part of Tableau’s mission—and our inspiration. We look forward to sharing more about the Foundation and—even more—hearing from you about how you’re using data to solve problems in your community!

Comments

Submitted by Rachel Bayles (not verified) on

Wonderful. Looking forward to seeing how the greater Tableau community can participate.

Submitted by David Shea (not verified) on

I agree with Rachel, would be great to combine a passion for solving problems with data with a greater collaborative community.

Submitted by Tom Slattery (not verified) on

Exciting news. Please add me to your email list.

Submitted by Neal M. on

Thanks! Community engagement is an important part of our strategy. Stay tuned for more details.

We don't have an email list yet. You can email foundation@tableausoftware.com if you have questions.

Submitted by Gregory L. on

Great news!!

Submitted by Chris S. on

Perhaps Tableau can work in a Foundation day / day of service into the next (and future) Tableau Conference?

Submitted by Neal M. on

Hi Chris - great idea! We have been talking through ideas and will let the Tableau community know as soon as we finalize plans. Feel free to shoot any ideas you have to foundation@tableausoftware.com. We would love to hear from you.

Thanks!

Submitted by Deborah Cushing (not verified) on

Could you please remind me the giving platform that you use? I believe we need to update our information on the site; especially important now that the IRS has confirmed our public charity status (we had been in the 60 month period). Thank you.

Submitted by Tyler Davis (not verified) on

The time has come for using accurate usage/outcome data from international development projects to enable program evaluation in allocating limited resources. I am very excited to hear that Tableau, a leader in data analysis and visualization, is entering this space. I will look forward to learning about progress, and future partnerships. Keep up the great work!

Submitted by Jason (not verified) on

this is my first time testing out Tableau and also had some insights on how the product works and there is real power in this tool , so I am looking forward using it in our business

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