Salesforce.org Announces $18 Million in Grants Towards Bay Area Education, Homelessness and Cleanliness at Dreamforce 2018
Salesforce.org Commits $15.5 Million to SFUSD and OUSD, Bringing Its Total Grants to More Than $50 Million Since 2013
Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of Salesforce (CRM), announced $18 million in grants to local school districts and organizations to address the Bay Area’s most pressing issues including public education, homelessness and cleanliness. The $18 million includes $15.5 million in grants to San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), $2 million dollarsin grants to address homelessness and hunger in the Bay Area, and a $500,000 grant to the San Francisco Parks Alliance.
New Grants Address San Francisco and the Bay Area’s Most Pressing Issues
Salesforce.org’s $15.5 million in grants to SFUSD and OUSD will support middle school (grades 6-8) transformation, computer science expansion, wraparound support for newcomers, and college access programs. This latest investment marks more than $50 million in donations to Bay Area public schools since 2013.
To combat family and youth homelessness, Salesforce.org will donate $500,000 each to Hamilton Families and Larkin Street Youth Services. This marks a total of $4 million dollars in grants from Salesforce.org towards Hamilton Families since 2016. To address hunger, Salesforce.org is also granting $1 million to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, which supports food assistance for 210,000 people annually.
Salesforce.org will also donate $500,000 to the San Francisco Parks Alliance in support of LetsPlaySF!, a public-private partnership between the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and the San Francisco Parks Alliance. The investment will help ensure San Franciscans continue to have safe places to play by supporting the renovation of 13 high-priority playgrounds in the city.
In addition to grant funding, Salesforce employees have committed to 100,000 volunteer hours in the Bay Area community over the next year.
Comments on the News:
- “We know that we cannot provide a quality education to our children if they don’t have a safe place to call home or places to play,” said Rob Acker, CEO of Salesforce.org. “We’re proud to continue to partner with the school districts and local organizations to create change in the community and address the Bay Area’s most urgent causes.”
- “This funding will help San Francisco prepare our students for success in the 21st century economy, strengthen critical programs to help our homeless youth and families, and create vibrant public spaces throughout the City,” said London N. Breed, Mayor of San Francisco. “I’m proud of Salesforce.org’s commitment to the City of San Francisco and its continued efforts to support our communities.”
- “Oakland’s partnership with Salesforce.org gives our children new access to the dynamic world of math and computer science,” said Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland. “It will also help us reach our goal of tripling the number of college graduates from Oakland with innovative programs like the Oakland Promise, our ‘cradle to career’ initiative designed to disrupt the cycle of poverty. The partnership with Salesforce.org helps our community support the next generation of scientists, artists, and innovators.”
- “Salesforce.org has accelerated our progress toward ensuring that every SFUSD student graduates with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the Bay Area’s economy, said Dr. Vincent Matthews, SFUSD Superintendent. “From third grade computer science to eighth grade math and beyond, our partnership with Salesforce.org has greatly expanded opportunities for our city’s children.”
- “In our second year of partnership, Salesforce.org has deepened the commitment to accelerate mathematics achievement and broaden computer science pathways for our students,” said Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell, OUSD Superintendent. “Additionally, Salesforce.org is breaking ground by investing holistically in newcomer students, one of our most dynamic and high-need student populations, and expanding our vision of what it means to serve the whole child. We are grateful for everything Salesforce.org makes possible for Oakland students.”
- “It is an honor to celebrate our partnership with Salesforce.org this year at Dreamforce. In order to end family homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area, we must break the cycle of homelessness and poverty in our community. This is only possible when we work together,” said Tomiquia Moss, CEO, Hamilton Families. “Our partnership with Saleforce.org provides investment and technical support that strengthens our impact.”
- “Salesforce.org’s leadership is an example for our community,” said Sherilyn Adams, Executive Director, Larkin Street Youth Services. “Their commitment further propels the movement to end youth homelessness, with funding supporting programs including housing, education, employment, and wellness, in addition to operational needs like technology and staff training. Each of these components is integral in our continuum of care, and we are so grateful for this partnership and Salesforce.org’s meaningful support.”