Congratulations to the Scholarship Class of 2021.

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To celebrate the holiday season, we give back to those who spend their entire year giving back in their own communities. We go looking for data professionals who make a difference, and we try to make a difference in their lives too.

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The scholarship program makes the heart part happy.

This year, we’re proud to announce a new round of over 40 winners. We can’t mention ’em all, but here are just a handful of groups that we’re proud to help:

ACTED – saving lives and supporting people in meeting their needs in hard to reach areas, the most vulnerable amongst populations that have suffered from conflict, natural disaster, or socio-economic hardship.

Africa Health Research Institute – working towards optimal health and well-being of under-resourced populations.

Astor Services for Children & Families – providing children’s mental health, child welfare, and early childhood development services in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley and the Bronx.

Charities Aid Foundation – a charity, bank, and champion for better giving, helping donors, companies, and charities make a bigger impact.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals – to provide the best care for kids, children’s hospitals rely on donations and community support, as Medicaid and insurance programs do not fully cover the cost of care.

CODAC – provides specialty care for mental illness, addiction, and trauma.

Comic Relief – working towards a just world, free from poverty.

DRF Air Rescue – one of the leading air rescue organizations in Europe.

El Rio Health – providing health care for all people in Tucson, including the underserved patient population.

Hope & Home – trains and actively supports Colorado Springs foster families.

Irish Cancer Society – transforming the experiences and outcomes of people affected by cancer through advocacy, support services, and research.

Magic City Acceptance Center – dedicated to providing a brave and inclusive space for the LGBTQ community in Alabama.

Mencap – valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.

Pierce College – established in 1865 to provide career-focused education for soldiers returning from the Civil War and was one of the country’s first schools to embrace women as students.

Samaritan’s Purse – international relief and development organization that works through local churches amongst communities in need in countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.

St John Ambulance – volunteer-led health and first aid charity responding to emergencies, supporting communities, and saving lives.

TNTP – working to end the injustice of educational inequality by providing excellent teachers to the students who need them the most and by advancing policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom.

WWF UK – putting nature first, making our food system sustainable, tackling climate crisis, and ensuring thriving habitats and species.

This season, take a few moments to think about how lucky you are, and how you can reach out to those around you to help them move forward, too.

Happy holidays.

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  • This is awesome!

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  • Great Concept Brent, take a bow!!

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  • I agree, this is really awesome. Inspires me to find something I can do on a smaller scale.

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  • I’m glad you’re helping SJA out because if I ever get a hand on their IT department there will be An Reckoning 😀

    We’re a good lot but in techs terms we need commercial-level efficiency stat.

    I love that you’re helping the WWF, are the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds https://www.rspb.org.uk) one of the ones that you didn’t mention?

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    • I don’t have anything to announce about other organizations, especially in terms of whether or not they applied. Thanks for understanding.

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      • No worries 🙂 wasn’t angling for any inside info, I just thought you’d curated a shortlist to publish. Keep being awesome!

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    • Whilst I support the aims of the RSPB, it’s hard for me to drop money on their collection plate knowing that of every £1 donated £0.32 is not spent by them on protecting birds. A quick squint at their pension status shows that the liability is ever-growing (Final Salary pensions haven’t helped). It’s not just the RSPB: almost all large charities have a colossal pension liability that grows by the hour, and larger & larger percentages of donations are simply servicing that.

      It’s also diverting to see that a new huge salary just hit the Number 1 spot at the RSPB, with one lucky winner being paid £150,001–£160,000.

      Moral of the tale? If possible, give your hard-earned to small charities as they almost always spend the loot on what you’d expect them to spend it on, rather than holidays in the sun for OAPs or ermine carpeting for the head honcho’s home.

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      • Good to know, thanks very much for the info. Disappointing to hear (and as fortune would have it I haven’t donated to them for years, tending towards independent bird sanctuaries as I’ve seen way too many of them have to close down for my liking).

        Pensions confuse me 😀

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  • Gustav Swanepoel
    October 19, 2021 7:56 am

    This is just amazing. As a South African to see “Africa Health Rescue Institute” on the list (amongst all the other institutions), just wonderful. Thank you Brent for all you give back and share.

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  • Teresa Butler
    October 21, 2021 4:22 pm

    This is awesome. Thank you for choosing my organization! I’m excited to get started.

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