Salesforce.com expands donations to SF public schools

The Salesforce Foundation is increasing its gift to the San Francisco Unified School District this year with a donation of $6 million, bringing the foundation’s total contributions to the district to nearly $14 million in the past three years.

The money from Salesforce will go toward increasing technology resources in The City’s public schools, and comes as district officials have pledged to expand computer science classes to all 56,000 students in preschool through 12th grade in the coming years. This fall marks the first step in that effort, with classes implemented at a handful of middle schools.

Last year, Salesforce gifted $5 million to the SFUSD to support technology advances in classrooms, nearly doubling the $2.7 million gift the institution gave to schools in the 2013-14 school year.

The $6 million for schools this year includes $100,000 grants to middle school principals at 21 SFUSD schools as part of the Principal’s Innovation Fund, as well as hiring 14 full-time coaches and teachers to support math and technology instruction in middle grades, and five full-time staff members to assist teachers and implement curriculum.

Salesforce has also announced it will adopt 20 schools as part of The City’s Circle the Schools initiative that partners local technology companies with public schools.

“San Francisco’s students deserve access to the very best public education,” Suzanne DiBianca, president of the Salesforce Foundation, said in a statement. “By increasing our financial commitment and doubling our employee volunteer hours, the Salesforce Foundation is dedicated to arming a generation of students with the skills to succeed in today’s world.”

Laura Dudnick

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