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The Salesforce Foundation has announced it will grant $1m to education non-profit organisations worldwide, as part of its milestone of reaching one million volunteered hours from its staff.
Over the past 16 years, the company’s employees have volunteered their time at more than 11,000 non-profit organisations across 72 countries.
As part of Salesforce’s Global Volunteer Week, the week of 13-19 July 2015 will see Salesforce employees give their time to communities around the world.
Each of the firm’s 16,000-plus workforce is being encouraged to log at least one hour volunteering. Salesforce employees are also granted six paid days off per year to spend volunteering.
The Salesforce Foundation has a “1-1-1 model”, which means utilising 1% of the firm’s product, equity and time to improve communities around the world.
“We are so proud to see Salesforce employees reach this incredible milestone in such a short time – it’s a testament to the power of our 1-1-1 model, which aims to improve the state of the world,” said Suzanne DiBianca, president and co-founder of the Salesforce Foundation.
“We’re thrilled to commemorate this accomplishment by giving back to the communities where we live and work,” said DiBianca.
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Grants will be offered in amounts of $100,000 to non-profit organisations chosen by Salesforce employees.
The organisations include London-based Inspire, which works with schools, businesses and families to support and inspire young people from Hackney and neighboring boroughs.
Munich-based Adelgundenheim will receive a grant to support young people in their emotional, social, cognitive, motor and creative development.
Australia-based AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) will also receive a share for its structured education programme that supports indigenous students through high school.
Other organisations include Citywise Education, based in Dublin, which provides young people with afterschool and out-of-school educational support; and the Multicultural Center Tokyo, which provides educational support to immigrant children, with a special focus on helping youths access high school in Japan.