Taking the 1/1/1 corporate philanthropy pledge
Today, I’m happy to announce that Wired Triangle is adopting the 1/1/1 model of corporate philanthropy, a program conceived by salesforce.com in 1999. We will be following the model that has been in place at Salesforce since it’s inception, and to which many leaders in the tech market have pledged, including Google, VMWare, Box, Splunk, Yelp, and Atlassian. The principle is that if corporations can give even 1% of resources back, we can collectively make a huge difference. Our goal will be to leverage our energy, talents, and success to reinforce the mission of local non-profits and improve the community around us.
The 1/1/1 Corporate Philanthropy Model
Salesforce.com pioneered the program (http://www.sharethemodel.org) in 1999 with the core tenets that the company would devote the following resources in support of non-profits:
- 1% of its time
- 1% of its product
- 1% of its equity
Since it’s inception, Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, has stridently encouraged entrepreneurs and business leaders to adopt corporate philanthropy as part of their operations and culture. Notably, it is often how Marc leads when taking the stage at Dreamforce, the annual conference that now draws in excess of 150,000 attendees from around the world.
The 1/1/1 Model at Wired Triangle
Wired Triangle is committing employee time to community service, both in the form of team volunteer day events, and ability for employees to take Volunteer Time Off (VTO) to work for the causes they care about most. Our intent will be to support organizations that are engaged in the important mission of change on a local scale.
As a technology consulting firm, Wired Triangle doesn’t have a product, per se. What we do have is a team of highly experienced experts and the ability to leverage Salesforce and related cloud technologies to help organizations meet their goals and be more effective. We will begin donating our services to organizations that can benefit from implementing Salesforce to further their mission.
Finally, Wired Triangle will begin making grants and/or other forms of financial support to non-profits in our community to bolster the resources they need to meet goals. While it’s important for these organizations to receive help in the form of boots on the ground and provided services, they require funds to operate and that will be a portion of our philanthropic strategy.
I’m proud of the team we’ve built at Wired Triangle and what we have been able to accomplish for our clients. A factor of our success though is also the support from communities that helped us grow individually and the community in which we have operated as a company. I’m excited about this commitment of ours to give back, and the chance we have to improve opportunities for others.