Salesforce Gives $19M to Schools

Grants support five school districts across the United States and education nonprofits

Salesforce, the global leader in CRM, today announced $17.25 million in new grants to support five school districts across the United

States – San Francisco Unified School District, Oakland Unified School District, Chicago Public Schools, Indianapolis Public Schools, and the New York City Department of Education. In addition, $1.75 million was granted to education nonprofits in the United States and Europe.

The grants support critical programs for education access and advancement, with a focus on racial equity. This series of grants brings Salesforce’s total investment in education to more than $140 million.

As the COVID-19 Delta variant surges, school administrators must adapt to changing conditions in real time and make decisions in an uncertain environment. McKinsey estimates that last year, students lost the equivalent of three months of learning in mathematics and one-and-a-half months of learning in reading. This gap was especially noticeable in schools that predominantly serve students of color.

Now more than ever, schools need support. With these grants, Salesforce is building upon its longstanding commitment to education to help schools address growing inequities and get students back on track.

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“Back to school looks different this year, and there are new demands on teachers, parents, and students,” said Ebony Beckwith, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Salesforce. “To ensure their success, we’re leaning into our values and bringing the full power of our platform to help support them through another year of pandemic learning.”

“The past year and a half was a challenge for not only staff but also students. To have a community partner like Salesforce come alongside our school district with such a generous donation is invaluable,” said IPS Superintendent Dr. Alessia Johnson. “These additional resources will help IPS address the specific needs of our students — during and after the pandemic — through learning acceleration, ensuring we can continue to provide 1:1 technology and access to reliable internet service for students, and that we’re also focusing on the whole child through social emotional learning and trauma-informed care. I often say that we’re stronger together and it’s partnerships with organizations like Salesforce that highlights how working together can yield awesome benefits for our children.”

“Salesforce is an invaluable partner to the students and educators of Oakland Unified,” said

OUSD Superintendent Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell. “The remarkable support they give our middle schools, our teachers, our newcomers, and of course, our computer science students is game-changing. We are able to provide computer science instruction, newcomer support, support for middle schools, and connect students and families to much-needed services through the Education Cloud platform, all of which could not happen this way just a few short years ago. As the African proverb says, it takes a village to raise a child. OUSD is grateful that Salesforce is part of our village.”

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