Free Training Classes for Those Who Give Back: Announcing our 2021 Scholarships

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You work at a charity or non-profit, helping them make a difference with data.

Maybe you write reports to help fundraisers do a better job of raising money to find a cure for a disease. Or maybe you’re a developer at a non-government organization whose mission is to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves. Or maybe you’re a sysadmin who’s been stuck managing vital databases, but your non-profit is already stretched to the limit and can’t afford training.

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Time for the heart.

That’s where I come in. I wanna help.

I want to empower you to continue making a difference. My scholarship program is simple: recipients get access to all of my recorded training with a year’s access to my Recorded Class Season Pass: Fundamentals and Masters Classes.

To give you an idea of the kinds of organizations I’ve supported over the years:

  • The American Institute of Physics is committed to the preservation of physics for future generations, the success of physics students both in the classroom and professionally, and the promotion of a more scientifically literate society.
  • UNOPS helps people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development.
  • International Justice Mission – a global organization that protects the poor from violence in the developing world.
  • Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation – 400 children are infected with HIV every day. I don’t know how to type those words without crying and taking a break from the keyboard.
  • Mencap – improving the lives of UK people with a learning disability.
  • The Smith Family is an Australian charity helping disadvantaged children get the most out of their education so they can create better futures for themselves.
  • Easter Seals-Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain serves children and adults with autism and other disabilities, plus disadvantaged families in Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming.

The fine print:

  • You must work for a foundation, non-profit, charity, or similar company that’s doing good work. It can totally be a for-profit company, and it can be anywhere in the world, just as long as they’re making a difference. (If you work for Ginormous Profitable Global Corporation, you’re probably not going to make the cut.)
  • Your company or government rules must allow you to receive free training. (Some companies prohibit their employees from accepting gifts.)
  • You must already have a job working with SQL Server. (This isn’t about getting a new job.)

Apply now. Applications close October 14. Applications have closed.

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10 Comments. Leave new

  • Hi, Brent

    This may be of interest to you (and fellow readers of this post).

    • Hi, AK. Thanks, but let’s not just randomly link to different things here. If you’d like to apply, please follow the instructions in the post. If you have a cause you’d like to promote, this isn’t a great place for that. Thanks for understanding though!

  • Fantastic you’re doing this…
    Some charities aren’t charities. I used to work from Cambridge University Press which is a registered charity but it is run as a business paying the top brass big bucks.
    Please check the business the guys are working for are really charities…

  • Absolutely wonderful that you are doing this. I sit on the board of a couple of non-profits and volunteer at others none of which need this help. I just wanted to say thank you.

  • This is great Brent, you’re awesome! Thank you very much

  • You are awesome , let me check whether its possible to work from UAE.

  • My friend says that this is really a great idea that never even crossed their mind. They always thought donating time would involve picking up dog poop at a shelter or passing out stale bologna sandwiches at the local homeless park. I’m pretty confident they would absolutely love to volunteer to do sql/ssrs/crystal for most any non-profit (with an agreeable social agenda of course). Any ideas on where one might advertise their donatable services?

    • My friend apologizes for not seeing the “I want to help” link. In addition to those listed causes, he decided to consult with our lord and savior Google and found an interesting Forbes article on how to find local non-profits.

      If this is allowable, an excerpt:

      6. Check out websites geared to skill-based volunteering. A few excellent ones where you can find appropriate nonprofit opportunities:,,, (for professionals), and (for pro bono work). has a searchable map that shows encore programs around the country.



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