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Salesforce Celebrates 20 Years in Ireland and Gives Back to Irish Organisations

BY DR DAVID DEMPSEY, COUNTRY LEADER AND GENERAL MANAGER SALESFORCE IRELAND

 


Ireland is a significant part of Salesforce’s history. It was one of the first Salesforce hubs outside of the US, opening as its European headquarters one year after Salesforce was founded in San Francisco. Salesforce continues to thrive in the Irish market with a growing presence and a robust ecosystem. 

To celebrate, Salesforce is today announcing $700K USD in grants to continue our support.

Giving back to support our communities

Salesforce has always had a mission to give back to the community and this has been an important part of our company’s DNA since inception. Over the past 20 years, Salesforce Ireland has given over $4.7 million in grants, over 227,000 volunteer hours and provided over 500 nonprofits and education institutions with our products for free.

To continue this momentum and to deepen our commitment, I’m proud to today announce two new grants totalling $700K USD to Educate Together and TU Dublin focused on increasing educational equity and diverse pathways into the technology sector:

  • Educate Together will address barriers faced by 2,250 students from underserved communities through supports for their schools. The supports will focus on socio-emotional and academic needs through the launch of a Nurture school programme to build a learning community of practice, train 500 educators on restorative and trauma-informed practices, and support teachers’ digital transformation so they can reach students across schools - remotely and physically.
  • TU (Technological University) Dublin will use this grant to pilot a mentoring program to support students from underrepresented groups in successfully moving into their first jobs in the tech sector. The program will develop a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) module for 60 industry mentors who will support 120 students for four months as they apply for work placements. Finally, The grant will be used by TU Dublin to put structures in place to track the participants' outcomes across work placement and into graduate employment.

Pioneering the technology industry in Ireland

We’ve invested more than $1 billion in Ireland since 2000 and continue to invest in one of the world's leading technology economies:

  • We are a major employer in Ireland with a diverse talent pool from more than 35 different countries.
  • We are proud to be voted in the top five Best Place to Work in Ireland four years in a row.
  • Salesforce Tower Dublin will be one of Ireland’s most sustainable office campuses located in the heart of Silicon Docks and available to all of our area employees.

A timeline of Salesforce in Ireland

  • 2000: Salesforce in Ireland launches as our European Headquarters.
  • 2006: Expanded to open The Atrium office, in Sandyford Dublin.
  • 2010: Announced the expansion of our Dublin workforce, with 100 new jobs being added, bringing the employee number to 400.
  • 2013: Opened a second office in Central Park, Leopardstown alongside the news of 100 new jobs. 
  • 2014: Salesforce launches Trailhead - Trailhead is our free online learning platform that empowers everyone to learn the skills needed for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
  • 2015: Granted our first major donation of $200k to Coder Dojo.
  • 2016: Awarded #1 Best Place to Work in Ireland and have been in the top 5 ever since.
  • 2018: Granted a $100,000 donation to Trinity College (Bridge21) for their Code Plus programme. SalesOptimize wins a £100,000 investment from Salesforce Ventures at the Dreampitch competition. 
  • 2019: Salesforce Tower Dublin was announced, along with our plans to add 1,500 new jobs over five years and a $1 million donation to Educate Together. Salesforce Ventures announced a $125 million (€112 million) Europe Trailblazer fund for companies working in the enterprise cloud space.
  • 2020: Granted $1.4 million in donations to Camara Education, FIT, Trinity Access 21, Educate Together and TU Dublin Foundation. Committed 20,000 hours of volunteer time to local communities.