HELPING HAND: San Francisco-based Salesforce will give back to its community through a $6 million grant focusing on computer science education for students: $5 million to the city’s public schools and $1 million to Code.org. Last year, Salesforce donated $2.7 million to San Francisco’s public middle schools.
The cloud computing company employs a “1/1/1 model” of giving back to the community, setting aside 1% of its equity for a foundation, 1% of its employees’ time for community service and 1% of its product for donations. In addition to the $6 million grant, Salesforce will set aside 5,000 employee hours for volunteer tutoring in San Francisco’s middle schools and pack 2,000 backpacks for local students.
Of the $5 million given to San Francisco public schools, $2 million will go into a Principal Innovation Fund for school administrators to use as they see fit. The remaining $3 million will fund full-time tech instructors, provide professional development about using technology in the classroom for 100 teachers and equip 50 classrooms with digital tools, including laptops. The funding will enable computer science electives in San Francisco public middle schools, which were previously offered after school.