COVID-19 Update: Standing strong with our grantees and communities

To our Partners and Communities,

In the short span of a few weeks, all of our lives have become more challenging. We are focused on supporting our families and loved ones and remain anxious wondering about the weeks and months ahead, especially the extent this pandemic will affect our communities, from both health and economic perspectives. As the situation continues to evolve, we at the Cloudera Foundation have been closely monitoring the impacts of COVID-19 with deep concern.

Our team has been fortunate to be able to work virtually during this shelter-in-place and continue to support our grantees and contribute through additional efforts.

How we are supporting our signature grantees

We remain committed to the work of our nonprofit partners, Terre des Hommes and AidData. While we have had to temporarily suspend any onsite presence, we continue to collaborate remotely, provide technical support virtually, and adapt as needed to advance their projects. 

How we are supporting our communities 

We are matching 2:1 all Cloudera Inc. employee donations to any eligible nonprofit until the end of April. As of April 17th, we have raised US$71,000.00 for nonprofits across the globe, supporting causes ranging from healthcare and education to animal welfare and the environment. 

While many donations are going to organizations battling the COVID-19 pandemic, we have also encouraged Clouderans to make contributions to their local nonprofit community. Many of us have seen messages from food banks and other service organizations asking for support. A lot of these organizations have three months or less of cash in hand to cover expenses. Many of them had to cancel or postpone planned fundraising events that they rely on to secure their yearly income and are on the verge of going bankrupt. And the vulnerable communities that they serve now need them more than ever. Child-care centers that rely on government contracts that pay only after proof of daily attendance risk losing that funding. So too do elder-care organizations, job-training programs, and meal-delivery services. Cultural institutions and museums are losing the ticket revenue they rely on. Free health clinics and the like, face increases in demand for services without the accompanying revenue that for-profit businesses could charge. This pandemic has certainly revealed new vulnerabilities onset by this unprecedented global crisis, and we hope to lessen the damage these nonprofits will suffer as much as we can.

In addition to financial support, we recently launched a Cloudera Cares nonprofit speaker series to share curated virtual volunteer opportunities and to host speakers from the local nonprofit and philanthropic community. We kicked off the series with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley and learned how the organization is responding to the current crisis and how employees can help.

Our mission has always been to address the world’s most challenging problems through data. The COVID-19 pandemic has only reinforced our belief. Innovation and technology will play essential roles in accelerating the progress of science-backed solutions that can save lives. We hope to leverage our deep technical expertise to advance data-driven projects designed to support the fight against COVID-19. While we are open to supporting work across the response efforts, we are particularly interested in projects that responsibly optimize the efficacy, efficiency, and scale of testing and case mapping. As different parts of the world will wrestle with different points in the pandemic curve at different times, tools like testing and case mapping will guide how limited health resources can reach the people who need them most, when they need them most. We understand needs will continue to evolve and are in the process of identifying additional opportunities to support our partners and communities. If you are aware of projects or partners where we can make a difference, please contact us at shareyouridea@clouderafoundation.org.

Above all, we hope you stay healthy and safe.

Thank you for your care and compassion,

Claudia & the Team at the Cloudera Foundation

Cloudera Foundation
Cloudera Foundation is a Silicon Valley-based private philanthropy established by Cloudera, Inc., the enterprise data cloud company. The foundation works to enable nonprofits worldwide to use advanced data analytics and machine learning to improve people’s lives and protect the planet. We collaborate with grantees to build their data engineering capacity through direct access to technology, data expertise and long-term technical support. Our multi-year partnerships allow nonprofits to establish infrastructure and develop technical capabilities to scale and sustain their high-impact work. The foundation also manages Cloudera, Inc.’s employee giving program Cloudera Cares, empowering Clouderans around the world to give back to the global communities where they work and live.

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