The Tableau Service Corps is a community of bright, dedicated individuals who want to help nonprofits make more of an impact through the use of their data.
There are no set criteria for what makes a successful project to work on with a Tableau volunteer, but here are some general criteria to keep in mind. The project should be:
Although your Tableau volunteer will have some initial questions for you, you should come fully prepared with what you are trying to accomplish, and an initial idea of how you might go about this.
Each member of the Tableau Service Corps has a specific area of expertise that maps back to Tableau's free training categories. You can browse members of the Service Corps by these areas of expertise, or perform a keyword search on the main Tableau Service Corps home page. You can compare Tableau volunteers by reading their biographies, interests, and skillsets.
The Tableau Service Corps is comprised of Tableau employees who want to help nonprofits better use their data for good. We will also be inviting Tableau advocates on an invite-only basis who are not current Tableau employees - these include Tableau Zen Masters, Tableau customers, and Tableau partners.
If you don't know whether you need help with exploratory data analysis, calculations, or formatting, no problem. We've put together a quick guide to help.
Your Tableau volunteer will suggest a few times he or she is available to meet. This first meeting will be an introduction and scoping session to determine the project you are trying to accomplish, and to evaluate any initial challenges. It is up to you and the volunteer to agree on next steps, should you need to follow up. Following this meeting, your Tableau volunteer will start working on the project, reaching out to you with questions, concerns, or places to collaborate with you or your team.
The Tableau Service Corps is a volunteer network of Tableau experts who are eager to help non-profits understand and do more with their data. As a member of the Tableau Service Corps, you will have access to volunteer opportunities to put your skills to use helping nonprofits throughout the globe use data to effect change.
The Tableau Service Corps will facilitate rewarding, skill-building connections with nonprofits throughout the world. You will have the opportunity to:
Tableau Foundation started the Tableau Service Corps in mid-2015 to address a core challenge we saw many nonprofits tackling - they had years of good data, but no ability to derive insight from that data. The Service Corps was conceived as a way for data professionals to make a dent in the lack of resources nonprofits have access to that can help them work with data.
In addition to addressing the needs gap related to data analytics, we also wanted to provide a meaningful way for Tableau Software employees to put their analytical skills to use with nonprofits. Volunteering using professional skills (skills-based volunteering) has traditionally been difficult, as matching professional skills with need has been unwieldy. The Tableau Service Corps solves this for the analytics realm by focusing on Tableau and data prep skills. This allows nonprofits that know they need help with these areas to quickly connect with a volunteer who has the technical expertise and shares the desire to help the world as the nonprofit does.
Thank you for your interest! In order to become a member of the Tableau Service Corps, you need to:
You should also think about what primary area you’d like to help nonprofits with – you can select from Data Prep & ETL, Getting Started, Connecting to Data, Visual Analytics, Dashboarding and Stories, Mapping, and Calculations.
To have a member of the Tableau Foundation contact you about next steps, let us know how to get in contact with you and we'll be in touch shortly.
One of the exciting parts of the Tableau Service Corps is no two projects will be the same. Because nonprofit organizations address so many different world and societal challenges, nonprofits will accordingly have diverse needs. Given this challenge, here are a few examples of Service Corps projects volunteers have worked on.