Salesforce.com Foundation Receives 2007 Partnership of the Year Award for its Dedication to Improving San Francisco Public Schools

Salesforce.com’s 1/1/1 integrated corporate philanthropy model enables employees to make a local impact

SAN FRANCISCO –October 26, 2007 – Salesforce.com Foundation, the global leader in integrating philanthropy and business, today announced that San Francisco School Volunteers, an organization dedicated to creating, establishing and sustaining communities of volunteers in support of public schools, has recognized the Salesforce.com Foundation for its long-term  partnership with San Francisco’s Jean Parker Elementary School. The 2007 Partnership of the Year Award acknowledges the more than 300 salesforce.com employees who have donated over 1,500 hours working with students at Jean Parker Elementary School to enrich their learning experience and serve as positive role models.

“Salesforce.com is a great example of the positive impact that businesses can have by partnering with local schools,” said Lisa Spinali, executive director, San Francisco School Volunteers.  “Its employees’ contributions over the past six years at Jean Parker Elementary School in supporting the efforts of teachers to foster the academic and social growth of the students has had a lasting impact.”

Salesforce.com employees began working with students at Jean Parker Elementary in San Francisco’s Chinatown district in 2001 through San Francisco School Volunteers. Since then, the company has had a consistent presence at Jean Parker Elementary through a wide variety of special programs that aim to help the students develop their English language skills. 

For example, salesforce.com employees actively listen to third, fourth and fifth grade students read their favorite books as part of the weekly “I’m All Ears Club.” The students also come to salesforce.com’s offices on a regular basis to gain a better understanding of the work world and how to better prepare for it.  Salesforce.com executives serve as honorary “ Principals for a Day” each year, and students are invited to participate in BizWorld, the Salesforce.com Foundation’s program for developing the next generation of entrepreneurs.  The company also donates computers, technology and classroom supplies for special projects.

“In the beginning, the salesforce.com volunteers were strangers to me, but after working together and visiting them in their office, they are now friends,” said 5th grader Kiki Wu. “ Salesforce.com is really a good example of volunteers who share and care.  They share their time and care for others. They deserve an A+!”

“We’re honored to be recognized for the dedication of our employees to the local community, and to see the lasting impact of our integrated corporate philanthropy model where one percent of paid employee time is given back to the community through volunteerism,” said Suzanne DiBianca, executive director of the Salesforce.com Foundation.

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.