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ANNOUNCEMENT: Cloudera Foundation merges with the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation

A Cloudera Foundation Data4Change multi-year partnership involves more than funding—it comes complete with powerful open source-based data management software and a team of experts, including volunteers within the company, to ensure our partners use the technology to its fullest potential to solve the human, social, or environmental problem at hand.

What we offer:



During the initial stages of partnership development, we determine which components of the Cloudera Inc. platform will best address the nonprofit’s specific data challenge. Once the Foundation selects a grantee, the company donates supported cloud consumption credits and/or licenses for the project. For our current multi-year grant partners, these licenses represent a value of more than USD$100,000.

Technical support

Our data technologists guide the grantee in setting up the technical platform and conducting data analysis and machine learning, with help from a community of Cloudera corporate volunteers. The grant package also includes customized technical training for grantees.

Financial grants

In addition to providing software and technical assistance, we provide financial grants for hardware and data storage, as well as for staffing support for the duration of the project. We are also committed to using our network of partners to access additional in-kind contributions. Projects must demonstrate that they already have or can obtain the funding to translate the new data insights generated by our partnership into longer-term, sustainable interventions.

Our grantees

Our three multi-year grant-supported partnerships differ in scope and sector but illustrate how data can be used in distinct ways for increased social impact.



AidData’s GeoQuery is a ground-breaking self-service tool that enables nonprofits without significant computational power or deep data science expertise to aggregate satellite, economic, health, conflict, and more subnational data into a single simple-to-use file compatible with Microsoft Excel or other software. The grant from the Cloudera Foundation will help improve AidData’s infrastructure to further enhance accessibility, while making more datasets available to more nonprofits.


Terre des hommes

Terre des hommes’ IeDa project has equipped hundreds of clinics in West Africa with computer tablets to help health professionals diagnose and treat preventable diseases of children under the age of five. The grant from the Cloudera Foundation supports the use of this data to further reduce child mortality and equip the Ministries of Health with additional insights into how to detect health threats and improve resource allocation.

Urban Institute

Urban Institutes' Education Data Portal standardizes datasets on schools, districts, and colleges, allowing anyone regardless of statistical training to access and analyze the data. The grant from the Cloudera Foundation will accelerate the portal’s ability to process, aggregate, and return data in seconds, as well as create user-focused data dashboards that reach new audiences.


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