SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Salesforce.com Foundation today announced that it will award $10 million in grants to benefit San Francisco's District 10 in celebration of the 10th annual Dreamforce. The $10 million commitment, which will be given to five anchor grantees over the next five years, is directed at accelerating the transformation of San Francisco's 10th District. District 10 represents the southeastern corridor of San Francisco, including the neighborhoods of Bayview Hunters Point, Potrero Hill and Visitacion Valley.
The five anchor grantees—Year Up, UCSF, San Francisco General Hospital Foundation and the Southeast Health Center, the Exploratorium and The Campaign for Hope SF—will receive targeted funding to expand capacity and programs across a range of education, health and economic opportunities. The targeted funds represent a strong mix of capital and program support.
Comments on the News
- "In celebration of our 10th annual Dreamforce, the Salesforce.com Foundation is committing $10 million to San Francisco's District 10," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, salesforce.com. "We're putting the full weight of our innovative 1/1/1 philanthropy model behind this initiative and offering our employees' time, our products and our financial resources to deliver maximum impact in this community."
- "For the past 13 years, we have sought to improve communities throughout the world using the full resources of salesforce.com," said Suzanne DiBianca, executive director, Salesforce.com Foundation. "Today, we bring the power of our integrated model of corporate philanthropy into clear focus to improve the lives of people in our backyard."
- "The southeastern neighborhoods face very real challenges," said Malia Cohen, supervisor, San Francisco District 10. "At the same time, it is a community of enormous diversity, creativity and potential and it is destined for transformation. Together with the Salesforce.com Foundation, its partners and local community and government organizations, we will build a new model for community change and engagement, expanding on the great work that these partners have been doing."
- "Salesforce.com Foundation's 1/1/1 model has already made San Francisco a better place," said Edwin M. Lee, Mayor, City and County of San Francisco. "We are thrilled by Salesforce.com Foundation's commitment to help our City through more than 100,000 hours of employee volunteering, use of their leading technologies and a public-private partnership that will help revitalize our Southeastern neighborhoods."
- "We applaud the Salesforce.com Foundation's ambitious plans to improve lives and transform the communities in the southeastern neighborhoods of the City," said Dennis M. Bartels, executive director, the Exploratorium. "The investment from the Salesforce.com Foundation will advance our mission and act as a springboard to further engage, train, and employ high school students from the neighboring areas as the Exploratorium settles into its new home at Pier 15."
- "The Salesforce.com Foundation's investment in Year Up helps build on the expanding collaboration between the two organizations," said Jay Banfield, founding executive director, Year Up Bay Area. "The grant enables us to further close the opportunity divide, empowering young adults in San Francisco's District 10 with the skills, experience and support to reach their full potential, thereby touching more than 3,000 lives in the district."
- "Salesforce.com Foundation is building visible impact throughout San Francisco," said Sandra Hernandez, M.D., chief executive officer, The San Francisco Foundation. "We are honored to receive their generous contribution to HOPE SF. This significant support injects momentum into the diverse collaboration comprised of public, private, and philanthropic partners. Salesforce.com Foundation's grant will strengthen the educational programs and ultimately transform public housing and revitalize District 10."
- "The San Francisco General Hospital Foundation is so pleased to partner with the Salesforce.com Foundation to benefit the Department of Public Health's Southeast Health Center," said Stephanie R.M. Bray, executive director, San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. "The Health Center has created innovative approaches to improve the health of the residents in District 10. The Foundation's investment will not only further that work, but will also yield replicable models for the Department of Public Health's Community Health Network to benefit thousands of residents."
- "Salesforce.com Foundation's unique approach to philanthropy has already changed the lives of so many in the Bay Area," said Mark Laret, CEO, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. "UCSF is honored to expand on our existing partnership with Salesforce.com Foundation through a shared vision to improve employment, health care and education opportunities in the city, and especially for our neighbors in the southeastern section. We are grateful for their continued support and collaboration."
Leveraging the Unique 1/1/1 Model
Since its founding, the Salesforce.com Foundation has pioneered an integrated corporate philanthropy model that leverages salesforce.com's people, products and financial resources to help advance solutions to social and environmental problems.
- Employee Time & Skills
The Salesforce.com Foundation will sponsor a company-wide coordinated program to engage employees in meaningful volunteer work, providing more than 100,000 hours of service to support families, children, schools, community centers and public parks in San Francisco's southeastern neighborhoods. This commitment kicks off on the day before Dreamforce with volunteers working on trail restoration, clean up and maintenance in McLaren Park.
Nonprofits serving District 10 can access salesforce.com's industry-leading social and mobile cloud computing technologies through the Foundation's donated and discounted license program. With salesforce.com's technology, nonprofits can connect and collaborate with those they serve in entirely new ways, as well as manage their programs and measure their effectiveness. And by automating many of their processes, these organizations will be able to focus more time and resources on achieving their mission.
Grants will provide partner organizations with the financial resources to expand capacity, advance proven programs and engage with the community on education, health and jobs over the next five years.
Salesforce.com Foundation and the 10th Annual Dreamforce
In addition to launching this five-year initiative at Dreamforce, the Salesforce.com Foundation will host a number of activities at the event that demonstrate the company's commitment to integrated philanthropy, including:
- The third annual Concert for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital – Hosted at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Thursday, September 20th at 6:30 p.m. PDT, the benefit concert will feature Lady Antebellum, Dana Carvey and an after-party featuring DJ MC Hammer. To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit http://www.theconcertforucsfbch.com/.
- On-site volunteering - The Salesforce.com Foundation is bringing volunteer events to attendees at Dreamforce. The passion and energy of attendees will be channeled into local community projects including: cleaning up McLaren Park, creating disaster preparedness kits with the American Red Cross, developing care packages for children in homeless shelters with Project Night Night and building bikes for local youth with Playworks.
- Learn more about the grantees: Year Up, UCSF, SF General Hospital Foundation and the Southeast Health Center, Exploratorium, and The Campaign for Hope SF.
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- Become a fan of this initiative on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/powerofussanfrancisco
About the Salesforce.com Foundation
The Salesforce.com Foundation is a global leader in corporate philanthropy. The unique 1/1/1 model harnesses the power of salesforce.com's employee time, the Salesforce products and cash grants to increase the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. Since the Foundation's inception in 1999, employees have committed more than 350,000 hours of their time to volunteer and pro bono projects, more than 16,000 organizations in 110 countries are using donated and discounted Salesforce licenses and more than $40 million in grants have been awarded. For more information on the Salesforce.com Foundation, please visit www.salesforcefoundation.org.
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