Thousands served around the world by dedicated volunteers
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Dec. 22, 2004 — Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM) and the salesforce.com/ foundation, the leaders in integrating philanthropy and business, completed a year of community service with a spirited holiday volunteer drive. Salesforce.com employees have given more than 750 hours to community service activities in December, the equivalent of a full-time volunteer serving 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the entire month.
Salesforce.com employees worldwide have given a total of more than 8,500 volunteer hours to service projects worldwide in 2004. Salesforce.com encourages each of its employees to dedicate six paid days per year to community service programs of their own choice, including activities set up by the salesforce.com/foundation.
"The holiday season has brought an outpouring of volunteer energy and enthusiasm from salesforce.com employees around the world," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, salesforce.com, and chairman, salesforce.com/foundation. "The power and the passion of this effort by our dedicated employees have made a positive difference in thousands of lives this holiday season."
"Volunteer rates hover just under 10% for the typical corporate program," said Julia Love, the director of corporate services at The Volunteer Center. "Salesforce.com has more than tripled this through a strong corporate commitment and culture of community service excellence."
Nearly half of salesforce.com's 679 employees participated in holiday projects across the United States and around the globe. In Dublin, employees welcomed children into the offices for a holiday music workshop and then took time out to deliver meals to the homeless. London volunteers provided toys to needy children. The Japanese office dedicated an entire week to volunteerism, with projects ranging from hosting a Christmas party for orphans to pasting language stickers on children's books for distribution in Laos and Cambodia. Across the United States and Canada, employees turned out to help feed the homeless, provide presents for underprivileged children and pitch in on a wide array of Foundation-sponsored holiday projects.
"Seeing the kids' eyes light up when we brought out the candy for decorating their gingerbread houses made my day!" said Julian Ong, assistant general counsel, salesforce.com. "It is great to work for a company that is involved in so many aspects of the community," added Kendall Collins, senior director, field operations, salesforce.com, who joined Ong and a dozen other salesforce.com volunteers to make gingerbread houses with students at Jean Parker Elementary in San Francisco's Chinatown district. "Here, community service is a priority, not an afterthought."
Salesforce.com has pioneered a new model for integrated corporate philanthropy through its goal of donating 1 percent of its basic resources back to communities in which it operates. Established in 1999, the Foundation is charged with holding and executing this vision to create more successful communities. Through the Foundation, salesforce.com strives to donate 1 percent of its profits to the community annually through in-kind donations of products and services to non-profit organizations, 1 percent of its equity to Foundation programs and 1 percent of employee working hours to community service.
In addition to employee volunteerism, key successes for salesforce.com/foundation include:
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