Just like public and private corporations, nonprofits and community groups can benefit from the power of data. But for many of these organizations in the social sector, accessing and understanding data can be challenging. The Nielsen Foundation, a private foundation funded by Nielsen, seeks to bridge divides and enhance the use of data by the social sector to reduce discrimination, ease global hunger, promote effective education and build strong leadership.
Through a new website and social accounts on Facebook and Twitter, the Nielsen Foundation will communicate about its programs and grantee organizations, including two signature programs: the TechDiversity Accelerator in collaboration with Tampa Bay Wave, and the Discover Data program in collaboration with Discovery Education and the Afterschool Alliance.
“As our grant-making programs continue to grow, we’re also excited to grow the Nielsen Foundation’s communication channels,” said Andrea Bertels, Executive Director of Grantmaking of the Nielsen Foundation. “We’re eager to engage with other organizations and foundations supporting the use of data in the social sector, as well as share more information about our amazing grantees.”
The Foundation was established in November 2015 and began grant-making in 2016. From 2016 through 2018, the Foundation distributed $3.1 million in grant funding across the priority areas of hunger and nutrition, education, and diversity and inclusion. These grants included 12 Data for Good grants, which award funding to organizations that use data in innovative ways to improve their programming and outcomes. More information on the Data for Good grantee organizations can be found on the Nielsen Foundation website.
Through Data for Good, the Nielsen Foundation is particularly focused on programs and projects that bridge divides by increasing access to skills, resources and opportunities, influencing public attitudes or behavior for positive social outcomes, and using data to inform positive social change.