|By PR Newswire||
|February 26, 2007 01:45 PM EST||
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Salesforce.com , the market and technology leader in on-demand business services, today announced that it has received the 7th Annual Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award for Small Company from the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP). The Salesforce.com Foundation was founded in 1999 and operates under salesforce.com's 1/1/1/1 Model -- a commitment to deliver 1% Time, 1% Equity, 1% Product to nonprofit organizations and to be "one" with the earth. Since its inception, salesforce.com and its employees have given over 40,000 hours of their time, given millions of dollars in grants, donated product to more than 1600 nonprofits and announced the recent Earthforce initiative which is neutralizing the effect of salesforce.com's major areas of carbon consumption through the strategic purchase of carbon offsets.
"Receiving the Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award is an enormous honor for salesforce.com, the Salesforce.com Foundation and our mission," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com. "It is extremely gratifying to be recognized by industry peers as a leading example in corporate citizenship, something that is becoming even more vital in our current environment. Salesforce.com Foundation's primary initiative is to encourage organizations to adopt philanthropic models that encourage the company and employees to make positive contributions to their community."
The selection committee was made up of 13 members from a mix of corporate and non profit backgrounds, including previous recipients of the award. Committee members included Bob Corcoran of GE, Ray Horton of Columbia Business School, David Kirkpatrick of Fortune Magazine, Tae Yoo of Cisco Systems and Brad Googins of The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College.
The 7th Annual CECP Excellence Awards luncheon was held in New York today and was attended by over 130 CEOs, industry leaders and members of the press to congratulate the winners and hear remarks from each of the honorees. The awards were given out by David Kirkpatrick of Fortune Magazine. February 26th is also National Corporate Philanthropy Day, which is aimed at building awareness of philanthropic achievements, sharing the benefits of corporate giving, and inspiring businesses across the country to engage further in philanthropy.
In conjunction with National Corporate Philanthropy Day, the Salesforce.com Foundation is hosting an event to launch their latest most ambitious program to date -- The Power of Us. This program is focused on bringing together salesforce.com partners to help them make a significant social impact on their communities. The launch event will be a networking and educational conference held at Le Parker Meridian in New York.
For more information on these awards please visit CECP's website at http://www.corporatephilanthropy.org/excellenceawards/index.html .
The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), the only international forum of business CEOs and Chairpersons pursuing a mission exclusively focused on corporate philanthropy. CECP's mission is to lead the business community in raising the level and quality of corporate philanthropy. Engaging with the public, private, and independent sectors, CECP members seek and create opportunities to serve as corporate giving advocates, practitioners, educators, and spokespersons to advance the case for philanthropy and to inspire other business leaders to make a lasting commitment to community giving.
http://www.corporatephilanthropy.org/. About Salesforce.com Foundation
The Salesforce.com Foundation mission is to remain the leaders in pioneering, evangelizing and implementing the 1% Model, and using this model as a means to improve the lives of people around the world. The Salesforce.com Foundation harnesses the power of product and people to improve the lives of those in need. Using the unique 1/1/1/1 Model -- 1% Time, 1% Equity, 1% Product, "one" with the earth-the Foundation reaches out to the community and increases the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations so they can better achieve their goals. We call this the Power of Us. We concentrate on the use of technology, specifically as it relates to organizations with youth development programs. We have supported technology centers around the world that help kids in technology-bereft urban and rural areas create a better future for themselves. Since July of 2000, salesforce.com employees have given over 40,000 hours of their time and expertise, feeding the homeless, tutoring kids, improving nonprofit spaces, and offering hundreds of helping hands when the world is faced with devastating natural disasters.
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