Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) today announced it has made its largest grant ever through the Tableau Foundation, part of its social responsibility (CSR) program. The grant was made to Equal Opportunity Schools as part of its effort to enroll 100,000 low-income students and students of color in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) high school classes across the country.
“We are honored to be a part of this effort to reach students who may not otherwise have access to these opportunities,” said Neal Myrick, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Tableau. “As part of our grant, we are providing cash and Tableau products that we hope will help Equal Opportunity Schools to see and understand the data that’s so critical to making this effort a huge success.”
This education program is one of several independent commitments that support the goals of the My Brother’s Keep (MBK), a White House initiative launched by President Obama, to unlock the full potential of young people, including boys and young men of color. The MBK Task Force, comprised of 18 federal agencies, has published a report with recommendations for growing student achievement, including expanding access to and successful completion of rigorous courses.
Last month, a consortium of education, philanthropy and business leaders announced commitments to spend a combined $100 million over three years on this effort. The project is described as the largest and most-targeted effort ever to ensure low-income students and students of color are woven into the fabric of high academic achievement.
Tableau Partner InterWorks is providing free product training, while Tableau Zen Masters, or top community members, Anya A’Hearn, Joe Mako and Steve Wexler are also volunteering time to help.
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