According to CNN Tech, a multi-year partnership was announced last Thursday, between Uber and Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that provides free coding classes to grade school and high school girls.
Uber pledged $1.2 million to Girls Who Code, and Bozoma Saint John, Uber's new chief brand officer is joining the organization's board.
The news of the partnership was not welcomed by everyone, including those who run nonprofits that also encourage women and girls into technology.
I'm not going to promote working w/ or at a place like Uber (!?!) What's the point of offering women avenues to learn web/software skills...
— Corinne (@corinnepw) August 25, 2017
Girl Develop It's Warnshius told CNN Tech that it's very difficult for a nonprofit that gives women access to affordable tech classes to accept largesse from a company with a bad reputation. It's also hard to turn it down, but they've said no a few times to donations from other tech companies struggling to fix their reputations.
In response to Warnshius, Black Girls Code founder Kimberly Bryant tweeted that her organization also turned down money.
FWIW: We did the same today from BGC (although) it was a fraction of the $$$ offered GWC.
— Kimberly Bryant (@6Gems) August 25, 2017
Some see Uber's partnership with Girls Who Code as a public relations effort to spruce up the company's image.