We normally do this in the fall, but given last week’s news, I bet you can understand why we’re doing this a little early, dear reader.
You work at a charity or non-profit, helping them make a difference with data, fights for the rights of the underrepresented, or cares for them.
Maybe you write reports to help fundraisers do a better job of raising money to protect voting rights. Or maybe you’re a developer at an organization who prevents suicide amongst lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth. Or maybe you’re a sysadmin at an organization that provides reproductive health care, but you can’t get training because your organization desperately needs to devote all their financial resources to protecting women right now.
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 a Level 2 Bundle, which includes all of my recorded training, SQL ConstantCare®, and the Consultant Toolkit.
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. (If you work for Ginormous Profitable Global Corporation, you’re not going to make the cut, so don’t waste my time or yours.)
- Your organization 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 July 4th, aka Independence Day in the United States. I’ll just leave that there. In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Great thing you are doing Brent
For those of us reeling from last week’s news, I applaud your timing. I’m curious, is there an opportunity for others to band together to donate in support of giving out additional scholarships? Is there any interest out there?
Thanks, glad you like it! There won’t be a need for that at this time – if you want to support organizations, go ahead and donate your money or time directly to the ones you’d like to support. I totally appreciate the offer, but I want to make sure to direct your donations to the places you care about.
Wonderful gesture, Brent! ?
Very good !!
Hats off to you sir… wonderful initiative.
Well done Brent! We applaud you!!
Wonderful WHAT you do. Wonderful HOW you do it. Wonderful WHY you do it. Thank you for all you do and give.
You continue to impress me with your awesomeness and kindness. Keep up the good work!
Is it possible for residents of Iran to participate?
I don’t know how the sanctions work between the US and Iran, unfortunately.
Those organizations may know though?
Just because someone tells you something is legal, doesn’t mean it is, though.
If these charities can do their work remotely, they may examine their connection logs to see if there are any connection sources from Iran and then ban those sources. As a result, US sanctions against Iran may prevent them from granting Iranian citizens access to their infrastructure. Nonetheless, I hope that charitable work is not sanctioned.
I have a lot of hopes too, but unfortunately, I can’t run my business on hope. Hope that’s fair, and I hope you understand that.
(Like I said, I have a lot of hopes, heh.)