California Prize

The California Prize for Service and the Common Good recognizes groundbreaking achievement and significant service to the poor and marginalized. Each year, the university presents the California Prize to an outstanding organization or person who models selfless service in pursuit of the common good.

The University of San Francisco is proud to award the 2016 California Prize for Service and the Common Good to Salesforce.org for its commitment to giving back to the community and setting a new standard for integrated corporate philanthropy.

When Salesforce was founded in 1999, it transformed corporate philanthropy with the 1-1-1 model, an integrated philanthropy model that donates 1 percent equity, 1 percent product and 1 percent employee time to communities around the world. Today, Salesforce.org carries out Salesforce’s philanthropic mission.

California PrizeSince 2008, the University of San Francisco has awarded the California Prize for Service and the Common Good to an individual or organization, recognizing significant service to the poor and marginalized as well as groundbreaking achievements in pursuit of the common good. The California Prize is USF’s way of rewarding, honoring, and celebrating the work of those who share our commitment to create a more humane, just, and sustainable world.

Salesforce’s philanthropic entities have donated more than $100 million in grants globally since 1999, including $14 million in grants to the San Francisco Unified School District; and Salesforce employees have volunteered more than 1.1 million hours in their local communities. Salesforce.org also powers more than 27,000 nonprofits by offering technology to nonprofits and higher education institutions for free or at a discount.

Transforming Corporate Philanthropy

Extending the power of the 1-1-1 model, Salesforce.org has created a movement of corporate philanthropy with Pledge 1%, resulting in more than 600 companies dedicating employee time, equity, product or profit back to the community.

“Like the University of San Francisco, Salesforce.org is committed to making the city and the world a better place,said USF President Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J. “As the university of and for San Francisco, USF shares a commitment with Salesforce.org to educate and to give back for the good of all of society.”

The 2016 California Prize award gala and dinner is May 12. At the signature event, USF will connect change makers on campus to statewide champions of the common good by bringing together philanthropists, civic dignitaries, and university leaders to honor this year's awardee.

“When we started Salesforce, we decided to make giving back a core part of our DNA,” said Suzanne DiBianca, president of Salesforce.org. “Seventeen years later, we are proud to have delivered on that vision and are honored to be recognized by USF with the California Prize for Service and the Common Good.”

Bringing Change Makers Together

Each year USF awards the California Prize, which includes a silver medal and a $10,000 gift, at a gala dinner attended by hundreds of philanthropic individuals representing California’s civic, corporate, and non-profit sectors. The 2016 California Prize dinner benefits the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Service and the Common Good and its university-wide programs that promote community engagement and public service.

Past California Prize honorees include: The Chronicle Season of Sharing; the San Francisco Free Clinic, co-founded by Drs. Patricia Hellman Gibbs and Richard Gibbs; the San Francisco Giants; Daniel Lurie, founder of the Tipping Point Community; One PacificCoast Bank and Foundation, founded by Kat Taylor and Tom Steyer; Alice Waters, restaurateur, chef and champion of the sustainable food movement; and, Lynn Fritz, social entrepreneur.