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Salesforce Donates $1M to Support Equitable Education in Los Angeles Ahead of LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games

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Salesforce today announced a $1 million donation to The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools to advance equity in high-need schools throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

Founded as a nonprofit in 2007, The Partnership manages 19 historically under-resourced traditional public schools in LAUSD throughout Boyle Heights, South LA, and Watts. The Partnership serves as an in-district partner to LA Unified and will be able to deepen its impact to provide more than 13,000 students with a high-quality education with this donation.

“Now more than ever, schools need support,” said Ron Smith, VP of Strategic Giving, Salesforce. “Salesforce is building upon its longstanding commitment to education to help schools address growing inequities and get students — many of whom have faced incredible challenges to their learning during the pandemic — on track to succeed in college and beyond. We are thrilled to be supporting students and teachers in Los Angeles through this donation.”

Donation furthers Salesforce’s efforts toward education equity 

Salesforce believes an equitable future begins with equal access to a high-quality education. The cloud-based software leader has provided more than than $145 million in grants to schools and education nonprofits to date, supporting critical programs for education access and advancement, including racial equity. 

Since 2013, Salesforce has taken a regional approach to its equity goals, investing more than $100 million in the San Francisco and Oakland Unified School Districts, with additional funds directed towards Chicago, Indianapolis, and New York. Today’s news expands these efforts to Los Angeles, the second largest school system in the United States. 

The donation follows Salesforce’s announcement of a multi-year partnership with Team USA and the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As a Founding Partner of the LA28 Games, Salesforce will play a key role in helping the group develop programs that address educational priorities in LA communities as part of the Games’ commitment to leaving a human legacy.

Learn more about Salesforce’s commitment to education here.

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