Salesforce.com Foundation contributes $100,000 to projects in Tibet in past
NEW YORK, NY — February 22, 2002 — Tonight the salesforce.com/foundation will ring in the Tibetan New Year at this 12th Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert in Carnegie Hall. Superstars, David Bowie, Philip Glass and Bebel Gilberto will perform following dinner and cocktails hosted by Marc Benioff, Chairman, CEO and Founder of salesforce.com.
Benioff's mission of fostering his business and philanthropic initiatives has proven successful since inception of the salesforce.com/foundation in 1999. In the past two years, salesforce.com/foundation has given over $100,000 to the Tibet Fund and other projects aiming to empower the Tibetan people through the use of technology for education and communication. Benioff sits on the Tibet House Board, and is pleased to support its work through his second annual benefit concert sponsorship.
Salesforce.com/foundation's initiatives are made possible through Benioff's success as a business and philanthropic leader. While salesforce.com's corporate motto of "Software as a Service" continues to nip at the heals of its larger predecessors of software production, salesforce.com instills into its corporate culture the motto of "Business as a Service"- a message that successful business practice can and should give back to the community from which it drew its success.
Robert Thurman, Tibet House President and also Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies at Columbia University, supports Benioff's business practices saying, "Salesforce.com/foundation is helping to create a model for a new kind of company by building community service and philanthropic cause into its culture from the beginning, and helping to improve the lives of those less fortunate."
In 2000, the salesforce.com/foundation made great leaps in helping Tibetan refugee communities by partnering with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Department of Education, and the Tibet Fund to launch the Tibetan School Technology Project. The project is educating hundreds of Tibetan youth by installing computer centers in schools and training teachers in basic technology skills, software programs, and curriculum integration.
To date, 8 schools in Northern India and Nepal have been installed with over 100 computers, and training has been provided to teachers. A subsequent project with the Tibet Fund, which will provide e-mail access to all 30+ Tibetan Refugee Settlements was launched in 2001.
In addition to its work in Tibet, the salesforce.com/foundation has committed itself to bringing
technology to under-served communities both domestically and internationally to unleash the
potential of youth. Since July 2000, the Foundation has opened 18 Community Technology
Centers in the San Francisco Bay Area, which serve local youth. At each Center, the Foundation,
through its grants and its ongoing hands-on support, builds on the Center's continued successes and
strives to provide staff funding, program development, technical support, teacher training,
curriculum development, best practices models through collaboration among the Centers, and strategy
and sustainability planning. Additionally, salesforce.com/foundation has partnered with Just
Think Foundation to launch the first mobile computer center, a re-modeled bus, on the Big Island of
Hawaii. This bus reaches underserved communities of the Big Island and brings youth
computers, scanners and internet access. Internationally, the Foundation partners with Cisco
Systems to bring technology to schools in the Middle East. The Foundation hopes to foster the
peace process while creating an environment for under-served youth to effectively learn through the
use of technology. Salesforce.com is the first Internet start-up company of its kind to
institutionalize philanthropy at its inception in the form of an active Foundation. The
Foundation's mission is two-fold: one, to unleash the potential of youth through technology;
and two, to build community service into the corporate company as a core cultural value.
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