Salesforce.com/foundation Announces Over $100,000 in Grant Awards

Global Youth Development Organizations and National Park Conservancy Receive More Than $100,000 In Technology and Media Based Grants

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – August 9, 2005 – Salesforce.com/foundation, the leader in integrating philanthropy and business, today announced more than $100,000 in funding to youth development organizations as part of its 2005 grants program. The grants were given to 21 organizations around the world to support teaching young people valuable technology skills through media-based programs. In addition, the foundation provided a two-year mission support grant to San Francisco's Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to support their technology and volunteerism programs.

Salesforce.com/foundation believes that young people have important things to say. These grants were awarded where salesforce.com, its partner company, has a major presence, including the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific. Salesforce.com/foundation sought talented, experienced groups in need of support to get a unique, visionary project off the ground. Past grant winners have used the money to fund films that have won awards at international film festivals, been a catalyst for statewide legislative reform and launched new social benefit initiatives. 2005 Youth Media Grant Recipients include:

  • Baykids, San Francisco, CA – BayKids brings the art of filmmaking to children faced with serious medical challenges and provides them with an outlet for creative self-expression, a means to learn new skills, and a venue through which they can share their personal stories with others.
  • The Bronx Lab School, New York, NY – Funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the school is using technology to revolutionize its curriculum.
  • CANVAS, Tokyo, Japan – A summer camp program for junior high and high school students that offers unique and creative courses such as clay animation and graphic design.
  • Children's Express, Tokyo, Japan – A youth media organization producing features and commentary on the issues important to youth.
  • City of Dublin YMCA, Dublin, Ireland – Features a long-established program enabling homeless young people to re-enter mainstream education and employment.
  • Galfalva School, Transylvania – This school serves both Romanian and Hungarian elementary students and the grant is provided for computers and Internet access.
  • Inspire Foundation, Rozelle, Australia – The foundation helps youth navigate through difficult issues such as suicide and mental illness through community engagement and media programs.
  • KIDS, Tokyo, Japan – An organization that helps physically, mentally, and socio-economically challenged youth with self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • KiJu (Kinder-und Jugendfreizeitclub), Brandenburg, Germany – This after-school club offers more than 50 children a place to learn, play sports, socialize and be creative.
  • Little Kids Rock, San Francisco, CA – This organization inspires children to express themselves through music and video based projects.
  • Manhattan Neighborhood Network, New York, NY – They are responsible for administering the Public Access cable television services in Manhattan and working with underserved students to create powerful programming.
  • Mercy Housing, San Francisco, CA – This national housing organization is committed to providing access and training in digital media to at-risk youth in two high-crime neighborhoods in affordable housing developments.
  • Minsai Center, Tokyo, Japan - A Tokyo-based international non-governmental organization (NGO) that provides the Darunee Scholarship for education to support children in Thailand and Laos.
  • Mouth That Roars, Morocco and London – A film production company that works with and trains young people in TV/video production.
  • Reel Life Movie Camp, San Rafael, CA – A non-profit organization that supports underserved youth to create original media and programming on important social issues.
  • Rolling Sound Project, London, UK – A mobile technology program that is innovative in its efforts to bring children and recorded music closer together.
  • Santa Clara University / The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara, CA – Preeminent center for research and dialogue on ethical issues in critical areas of American life who will document and broadcast their research as part of this grant.
  • St. Martin Girls School, Kilbagarev, Kenya – A school outside of Nairobi that provides girls from the slums with an excellent free education and, for some of them, a home.
  • TakingITGlobal, Toronto, Canada – An international organization led by youth and enabled by technology. TIG connects youth to find inspiration, access information, get involved, and take action to improve their local and global communities.
  • Tutu's House / Friend's of the Future, Hawaii – A community organization that works with youth young people and provides technology programs that capture a holistic view of the Hawaii culture and community.

 

One of salesforce.com/foundation's philosophies is that technology can be effectively used for social good. To that end, the foundation has announced its inaugural Two-Year Mission Support Grant for youth development organizations to increase their efficacy through technology.

The 2005 Two-Year Mission Support Grant was awarded to Crissy Field of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in San Francisco, CA. The Crissy Field Center provides a wide variety of educational programming and other park-based learning opportunities for young people in the Bay Area. The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy will use its grant to increase the Crissy Field Center's use of technology to better engage and serve Bay Area youth through its wide array of programs. And by employing the expertise of salesforce.com employees, Crissy Field Center will explore and incorporate new technologies, training and systems that promote greater efficiencies, increase the center's reach into diverse communities, reduce waste and improve overall program administration and sustainability.

"Everyone at salesforce.com shares a commitment to helping propel youth organizations worldwide towards achieving their goals," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, salesforce.com, and chairman of the Foundation. "One of salesforce.com's cornerstones is its integrated philanthropy model. We feel contributing to youth organizations is a fantastic and powerful way to encourage the leaders of tomorrow to follow through with innovative ideas, build lasting relationships and benefit from unique experiences they will carry with them throughout their lives."

Recent salesforce.com/foundation activities in San Francisco include an entrepreneur training and internship program for 25 underserved students from the San Francisco Unified School District. In July, more than 500 volunteer hours were given around the globe by over 200 salesforce.com employees. Activities ranged from helping to create a garden at a Boys and Girls club in San Francisco, fixing up a center for homeless families, serving meals to the homeless, and mentoring students.

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About Salesforce.com Foundation

The Salesforce.com Foundation mission is to remain the leaders in pioneering, evangelizing and implementing the 1% Model, and using this model as a means to improve the lives of people around the world. The Salesforce.com Foundation harnesses the power of product and people to improve the lives of those in need. Using the unique 1/1/1/1 Model -- 1% Time, 1% Equity, 1% Product, "one" with the earth-the Foundation reaches out to the community and increases the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations so they can better achieve their goals. We call this the Power of Us. We concentrate on the use of technology, specifically as it relates to organizations with youth development programs. We have supported technology centers around the world that help kids in technology-bereft urban and rural areas create a better future for themselves. Since July of 2000, salesforce.com employees have given over 40,000 hours of their time and expertise, feeding the homeless, tutoring kids, improving nonprofit spaces, and offering hundreds of helping hands when the world is faced with devastating natural disasters.

About Salesforce.com Foundation

The Salesforce.com Foundation mission is to remain the leaders in pioneering, evangelizing and implementing the 1% Model, and using this model as a means to improve the lives of people around the world. The Salesforce.com Foundation harnesses the power of product and people to improve the lives of those in need. Using the unique 1/1/1/1 Model -- 1% Time, 1% Equity, 1% Product, "one" with the earth-the Foundation reaches out to the community and increases the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations so they can better achieve their goals. We call this the Power of Us. We concentrate on the use of technology, specifically as it relates to organizations with youth development programs. We have supported technology centers around the world that help kids in technology-bereft urban and rural areas create a better future for themselves. Since July of 2000, salesforce.com employees have given over 40,000 hours of their time and expertise, feeding the homeless, tutoring kids, improving nonprofit spaces, and offering hundreds of helping hands when the world is faced with devastating natural disasters.