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Salesforce and Atlassian team up to help startups give back

Matt Weinberger | Dec. 3, 2014
Cloud CRM provider Salesforce has long distinguished itself from other Silicon Valley heavyweights by refusing to move its corporate headquarters and offices from San Francisco itself, even as titans like Google, Facebook and Yahoo sprawl their offices all over the East Bay and the Peninsula that sits to the south.

It's not even that hard, she said. Thanks to the assistance of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado, DiBianca said that Pledge 1% can offer a "turnkey" solution that makes it easy for startups to include philanthropy in the corporate charters, with the Entrepreneurs Foundation providing all the go-between hustle to get the paperwork sorted. Simons and DiBlanca urge startups to get, um, started, because it's never too late.

This news comes on so-called #GivingTuesday 2014, a hashtagged global celebration of charitable causes. The goal of the 1% Pledge is to get 500 signees by #GivingTuesday 2015 — and it's already well on its way, with startups and titans like Box, Cotap, Foundry Group, Google,, Optimizely, Rally Software, Splunk and Yelp already on board. Meanwhile, startup accelerator TechStars, angel fund SV Angel, and charitable giving consultants B Corp and UpGlobal have all signed on to urge the young companies in their care to pledge. 

"The earlier [you start giving back], the better," DiBlanca says. "But it doesn't mean you missed the boat."


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