Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of customer-relationship management software provider Salesforce.com, has announced grants totaling $18 million to Bay Area schools and nonprofits.
The grants include $8.5 million to the San Francisco Unified School District in support of a new teacher residency model for aspiring middle school teachers; professional development for teachers through the AVID program; high-quality curricula in math, computer science, and science; and summer programming for underserved students, including opportunities for African-American students to participate in the Black Star Rising program.
The foundation also awarded $7 million to the Oakland Unified School District in support of high-quality STEM curricula and support, wraparound support for students from immigrant families, and early intervention mental health services for students experiencing social, emotional, and behavioral barriers to learning. Since 2013, Salesforce.org has committed more than $50 million to Bay Area public schools.
To address homelessness and hunger in the Bay Area, the foundation awarded grants totaling $2 million to local nonprofits, including $500,000 each to Hamilton Families and Larkin Street Youth Services and $1 million to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. And it awarded $500,000 to the San Francisco Parks Alliance in support of LetsPlaySF!, a public-private partnership between the alliance and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, for the renovation of thirteen high-priority playgrounds in the city.
"In our second year of partnership, Salesforce.org has deepened the commitment to accelerate mathematics achievement and broaden computer science pathways for our students," said OUSD superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell. "Additionally, Salesforce.org is breaking ground by investing holistically in newcomer students, one of our most dynamic and high-need student populations, and expanding our vision of what it means to serve the whole child. We are grateful for everything Salesforce.org makes possible for Oakland students."
"Salesforce.org's leadership is an example for our community," said Sherilyn Adams, executive director of Larkin Street Youth Services. "Their commitment further propels the movement to end youth homelessness, with funding supporting…housing, education, employment, and wellness, in addition to operational needs like technology and staff training.”