I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Neal Myrick, the Director of Tableau Foundation, over the past few months. From our early conversations, I was quick to realize the uncanny level of alignment between our organizations. It was a match made in data nerd and social impact heaven. Tableau Foundation’s mission is to “encourage the use of facts and analytical reasoning to solve the world’s problems.” Our mission is not far off.
That’s why we’re excited to announce our partnership with Tableau Foundation, as one of our inaugural sponsors. In addition to the Foundation’s financial support via a grant, we also received a healthy bundle of Tableau Licenses for our data scientists to play around with. I’m pumped to see where this collaboration will lead; shorter cycles on initial data exploration and better storytelling with data visualizations are just a few of the areas we’ve already seen benefit.
Another important note about this partnership – there are very few strict requirements regarding how we use the grant. Why is this important? This flexible arrangement allows us to invest in our growth by spending dollars on important operational initiatives such as exploratory research into new social impact areas, talent acquisition, and marketing; things that are hard to fund via restricted, project-specific dollars – the norm for foundation funding. For a young nonprofit that aims to prove out a sustainable earned revenue model, this type of unrestricted funding is key to help us through the early throes of the J curve.
We are elated to have Tableau Foundation as a supporter of Bayes Impact. The data revolution has yet to transform the social sector, though it is without a doubt on the horizon. With the help of Tableau Foundation, I hope we can be at the forefront of this movement, and realize our vision of improving the lives of millions of people at a scale and magnitude only possible with algorithms and software.