Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), announced a $650,000 grant on Thursday to Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation (IPSEF), in support of Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), as part of the company’s commitment to investing in Future Ready programs.

Expanding Partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools

Building on a strong partnership developed in the 2018-19 school year, Salesforce.org’s $650,000 grant will support three professional development pilot programs designed to increase principal effectiveness, improve new teachers’ transition to the classroom and strengthen the support that district staff provides to individual schools—ultimately driving better results for students. Highlights of those programs include

  • Professional Development for Principals: IPS will create and deliver a program for professional learning with the vision of empowering principals to strategically allocate resources at the school level.
  • New Teacher Induction Model: IPS will implement a comprehensive leadership development program for new teachers and their mentors.
  • Central Services Leadership Development: IPS will engage in leadership development activities for central services staff to create high performing teams.

In 2018, Salesforce.org kicked off its partnership with IPS, donating $500,000 to provide a specialized Information Technology (IT) education pathway for 137 students and three new computer labs with take-home devices. The partnership also supported the district’s “3E’s strategy” to ensure all IPS students graduate on time prepared to enroll in a two- or four-year college or university, gain employment at a livable wage or enlist in the armed services.

“We are grateful and humbled by the generosity of Salesforce.org’s investment in Indianapolis Public Schools,” said IPS Interim Superintendent Aleesia Johnson. “Over the next year, this partnership with Salesforce.org will enable IPS to enact strategic human capital and talent management projects that will positively affect thousands of IPS educators and central services team members. We look forward to the collaboration ahead and are thankful for the continued support from Salesforce.org.”

“As IPS’ primary philanthropic partner, we are pleased to play a role in expanding Salesforce.org’s investment in the district,” said Stephannie Bailey, Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation Executive Director. “This significant financial commitment will allow the district to accelerate programming designed to attract, retain and empower educators and employee talent across IPS.”

Commitment to Indianapolis

Salesforce, the global leader in CRM, has 40,000 employees worldwide and 2,000 in Indianapolis. Salesforce is committed to giving back to the communities where employees live and work. In Indianapolis, Salesforce has partnered with leading organizations in the area to further develop technology talent including TechPoint, the IndyChamber and the Indiana Technology & Innovation Association. Additionally, Salesforce has committed to training 500 workers on Salesforce technology by 2020 through its Pathfinder program.

Salesforce Indianapolis employees have volunteered more than 250,000 hours at organizations including Indianapolis Public Schools, Habitat for Humanity and Junior Achievement. In addition, Salesforce.org has donated nearly $2 million in grants toward Indianapolis Public Schools, Ivy Tech and TechPoint Foundation for Youth.

“We’re proud to support our local schools and partner with leaders who are creating change in our community,” said Bob Stutz, CEO of Marketing Cloud and Chief Analytics Officer, Salesforce. “With innovative programs to support professional and IT development, we’re empowering the workforce of tomorrow with the skills needed to succeed.”

About Salesforce.org

Salesforce.org was founded on the idea that the business of business is improving the state of the world. Founded on the 1-1-1 model, Salesforce.org gives back to the community to invest in education to make sure youth are future ready.

About Indianapolis Public Schools

The largest public school district in Indiana, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) is an agile, innovative educational organization committed to academic excellence built through individualized, relationship-based learning. IPS empowers students to think critically, creatively and responsibly, to embrace diversity and pursue their dreams with purpose. Though the District covers 80 square miles, employs over 5,000 people, and serves more than 30,000 students, IPS is committed to serving individual students with what they need. Visit www.myips.org to learn more.

About the IPS Education Foundation

The Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation (IPSEF) seeks to secure and deploy resources to support Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) students, teachers and administrators across the District. As a mission-driven development organization, IPSEF brings fundraising expertise and capacity, thus allowing District administrators to focus on their core business — leadership in support of excellent teaching and learning. Visit www.ipsef.org to learn more.