Salesforce.org Continues Its Commitment to Public Schools
About a year ago, Salesforce opened a new hub in Indianapolis, which is slated to be the company’s largest base outside San Francisco. With the new location, Salesforce is continuing CEO Marc Benioff’s philosophy for corporate giving and commitment to working with local public schools.
Salesforce.org, the company’s philanthropic arm, recently announced a $500,000 gift to Indianapolis Public Schools. The gift will fund a new information and technology academy within one of the district’s high schools, and provide general support for college and career readiness.
True to form, the gift builds on employee volunteer hours in the district. Salesforce pioneered the 1-1-1 model for corporate giving, which commits 1 percent of a company’s earnings, 1 percent of its products and 1 percent of its employees’ time to charitable causes. More than 90 percent of Salesforce employees in Indiana volunteer at the school district, according to the company.
Salesforce moved to Indianapolis only last year, and in a lot of ways, this grant can be seen as a continuation of the work its been doing around its headquarters in San Francisco.
“We’re only getting started. As a San Francisco-based company, six years ago, we wanted to pilot our program with the San Francisco Unified School District. Two years ago, we expanded to Oakland. And the Indiana Public Schools grant is the latest expansion of our education initiatives,” a spokesperson from Salesforce.org said...