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More Than Money: A Tech Giant's Commitment to Public Schools


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Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of Salesforce, recently committed $15.5 million to local school districts in San Francisco and Oakland. With this gift, Salesforce has given more than $50 million to Bay Area public schools over the company's five-year partnership with the districts.

The $8.5 million to the San Francisco Unified School District will support a middle school teaching residency, professional development for teachers in the AVID program, and summer programming for underserved kids.

Funding will also support the creation and implementation of curricula in math, science, and computer science. Computer science curriculum has been an animating focus of Salesforce's work with the school district, playing to its strengths as a tech firm that can bring more than just grant money to local schools. A key part of the company's assistance has been the time of its skilled employees, who have volunteered in schools.

This support helped the district to become the first in the United States to implement computer science curriculum from pre-K through 12th grade.

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