When exploring partnership opportunities with nonprofits, we met numerous organizations that are making a difference in the data-for-good field or creatively working toward greater impact. Since 2017, we have made small grants to nearly 20 organizations to add momentum to their work. We continue to build on these relationships and engage with past grantees for workshops, trainings, and other capacity-building activities. A few are featured below:
COVID Near You
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Cloudera Foundation provided a grant to Boston Children’s Hospital to support the expansion of HealthMap and the development of the COVID Near You platform that uses crowdsourced data to visualize maps that help citizens and public health agencies identify current and potential hotspots of COVID-19 in the absence of reliable testing data.
When our multi-year partner, Terre des hommes, committed to a joint digital effort alongside two other major nonprofits focused on child survival, we saw an opportunity to build a model of nonprofit data collaboration that specifically addressed the common development challenges of program and data fragmentation. ALeDIA — the Alliance for Integrated e-Diagnostics -- would not only link data across nonprofits Action Contre la Faim, Terre des hommes, and WorldVision, but also across different levels of the health system, while also bridging the two previously siloed verticals of preventable childhood disease and child nutrition. In September 2019, in partnership with the University of Geneva, we hosted a group of digital health practitioners, development strategists, researchers, and policy shapers like the WHO and World Bank for a workshop that would test the value proposition of ALeDIA’s data collaboration. The group also explored how ALeDIA could set an example for other fields of human development like education, the environment, or human rights and-- later presenting their findings at the 2019 Global Digital Health Forum.
In partnership with Nesta; Wellcome Trust; and Omidyar Network, the Cloudera Foundation co-funded the second year of the Collective Intelligence Grants Programme experiments, which will generate new knowledge in ways to advance using collective intelligence (combining human and machine intelligence) to solve social problems. In Spring 2020, 15 organizations selected from a pool of 241 completed applications received grants for their winning experiments. Each project received about £30,000 as part of the Centre for Collective Intelligence Design’s £500,000 grants program.
In July 2019, the Cloudera Foundation provided a grant to support the “Harnessing Big Data and AI for Sustainable and Inclusive Agriculture,” workshop hosted by CGIAR the Hoffmann Centre at Chatham House in London, UK. More than 30 stakeholders and practitioners from around the world gathered to explore how digital technologies might be responsibly deployed to support small-scale farming.
DataKind brings together data scientists with leading social change organizations to collaborate on cutting-edge analytics and advanced algorithms to maximize social impact. The Cloudera Foundation has provided multiple grants to DataKind for their support with presentations and workshops for NGOs worldwide.
The mission of Development Initiatives is to provide rigorous information to support better decisions, influence policy outcomes, increase accountability and strengthen the use of data to eradicate poverty. The Cloudera Foundation provided a general-operating grant to support this international development organisation that focuses on using data for social good.