The Volunteer Center serving San Francisco and San Mateo Counties acknowledges Benioff's personal commitment to building a stronger, healthier community by mobilizing the people and resources of salesforce.com and the salesforce.com/foundation
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - April 23, 2004 - Salesforce.com, the global leader in on-demand customer relationship management (CRM) services, today announced that CEO and Chairman Marc Benioff has received the 2004 Community Champion Award from The Volunteer Center serving San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. This honor recognizes Benioff's pioneering new model of integrated corporate philanthropy, as well as the outstanding success of the salesforce.com/foundation, a nonprofit organization that harnesses the energy of the salesforce.com community to make a positive difference in people's lives through service and technology-related projects for youth.
"Marc Benioff has been an unwavering champion for corporate community involvement," said John Power, executive director, The Volunteer Center. "I've personally had many opportunities to hear his passionate advocacy, even challenging his peers to outdo his own commitment. He speaks thoughtfully and persuasively about the need for enlightened leadership in corporate America, and has provided a compelling example through his own actions."
One of the preeminent thinkers in information technology, Benioff has been focused throughout his career on using new technology to produce positive social change. In July 2000, with Colin Powell in attendance, he launched the salesforce.com/foundation based on his vision of the "1 percent solution" where the company contributes 1 percent of profits, 1 percent of equity, and 1 percent of employee hours back to the communities it serves. As salesforce.com has grown to become the market leader in CRM, the salesforce.com/foundation has demonstrated the power and impact of integrated philanthropy. In less than four years, the Foundation has given millions of dollars and established more than 60 technology centers in 13 countries around the world. Over 20 centers located in the San Francisco Bay Area have received more than $1 million in direct salesforce.com/foundation grants, as well as a comparable amount in staff support, training and in-kind donation. Salesforce.com's 400 employees worldwide have given more than 10,000 volunteer hours to community service, with approximately a third of those hours supporting projects in the San Francisco Bay Area.
"I would like to share this honor with the employees of salesforce.com and salesforce.com/foundation who go out of their way to make a positive impact on the community at large," said Benioff. "Philanthropic and commercial operations should not be isolated proceedings. It is possible — indeed critical — that there is integration between the operations and goals of corporate philanthropy and business. We have implemented this philosophy into the core of salesforce.com's culture at all levels."
Most recently, Benioff co-authored Compassionate Capitalism, the first-ever best practices guide for corporate philanthropy that illustrates how companies can make doing good an integral part of doing well. The book debuted at the World Economic Forum's 2004 meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Previously, members of the World Economic Forum selected Benioff as a "Global Leader of Tomorrow," one of 100 leaders in business, politics and the arts committed to addressing social issues. Computerworld awarded Benioff an Honors Laureate for his visionary way of using information technology to better communities. In addition, Benioff received the Promise of Peace award from the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu for his work using technology as a means to further Middle East peace and the Bridge Award from the non-profit organization HEAVEN (Helping Educate, Activate, Volunteer, and Empower via the Net) for providing Internet access to the underserved in America's inner cities.
In addition, the salesforce.com/foundation and salesforce.com's dedicated employee volunteers have been acknowledged with a wide range of awards. In 2003, the salesforce.com/foundation received the Points of Light Foundation for Excellence in Giving and the first ever Corporate Stewardship Award given by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In 2004, San Francisco School Volunteers acknowledged the work of the Foundation through its Allies for Education Award. The San Francisco Business Times has named salesforce.com to the Corporate Philanthropy Top 50 for the past two years and the USA Freedom Corps, a White House initiative, gave its Volunteer Service Award Given to a long-time salesforce.com employee. The Volunteer Center of San Francisco also honored another Salesforce.com employee for his commitment to the community through the Community Spirit Award in 2003.
For more information on the 1 percent solution and salesforce.com/foundation opportunities, please visit www.salesforcefoundation.org.
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