Through Business Strengthening America (BSA), Salesforce.com, Citigroup, Deloitte, AngelPoints, Levi Strauss & Co., McKesson Corporation, The USA Freedom Corps and others come together to promote employee volunteerism and community service in Northern California
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - October 8, 2003 - Salesforce.com®, In an effort to engage and strengthen the California business community's efforts in volunteer service and civic engagement, Business Strengthening America (BSA) Northern California today announced a call to membership as part of the nationwide multi-year effort to engage 1,000 businesses around the country by year-end. At a luncheon event to be held today at 12:30 p.m. PST at the Hilton San Francisco, Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of salesforce.com; John Hammergren, Chairman and CEO of McKesson Corporation; Jack Russi, Regional Managing Partner of Deloitte; Michael Weitzman, President of Citibank West; Robert Dunn, CEO of Business for Social Responsibility along with John Bridgeland, Director of the White House's USA Freedom Corps will address more than 100 business leaders and announce the objectives of the BSA initiative for the Northern California business community.
"It is critical for businesses to join and work together through Business Strengthening America," said Marc Benioff, chairman of salesforce.com and salesforce.com/foundation. "Business leaders must take responsibility for the communities in which their companies operate. If leaders not only support but also encourage their employees to volunteer in the community, people will become more empowered to make a difference in the world."
The Business Strengthening America kick-off today precedes a similar event that will be held in Los Angeles tomorrow morning to promote a unified West Coast call from business leaders to encourage civic service. BSA is partnering with the Volunteer Center of San Francisco to develop a community service project in the upcoming months. Companies responsible for planning the BSA Northern California event include AngelPoints, California Technological Care, Citigroup, Double-Click Consulting, Levi Strauss & Co., McKesson Corporation, salesforce.com, Taproot Foundation, Volunteer Center of San Francisco, and VolunteerMatch.
The launch of BSA Northern California is the 8th in a series of regional community service initiatives around the country. Similar launch and service events took place earlier this year in Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Cleveland, OH; New York, NY and Washington DC. Additional events will take place in Chicago, IL and Cincinnati, OH over the upcoming weeks. Companies interested in joining BSA can do so through a simple registration form on the BSA website www.bsanetwork.org.
Salesforce.com/foundation is the leader in integrating philanthropy and business. Through its model of donating 1% of profits to the community annually, 1% of salesforce.com equity to its programs and 1% of employee working hours to community service, the Foundation is building a new model for corporations to better serve the communities in which they operate. The Foundation also strives to better the lives of youth by providing relevant access to technology for youth in underserved communities both domestically and abroad. Since July 2000, the Foundation has provided close to 7,000 hours of service to the community through salesforce.com's 400 employee volunteers. More information is available at www.salesforce.com/foundation.