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Marc Benioff Makes Big New Schools Donation

Scott Lucas | September 12, 2014 | Story Neighborhoods

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is announcing this afternoon that he'll be donating $5 million to the San Francisco Unified School District—which comes only a year after a $2.7 million donation. According to the Chron, the new round of donations will be used to "buy more iPads as well as Chromebooks, increase Wi-Fi access at the schools, provide teacher training, and pay for four full-time district technology instructors." In addition to that gift, Benioff's foundation will be donating $1 million to Code.org, a computer science instruction nonprofit that focuses on girls and minority students. The company's employees will also be donating 5,000 volunteer hours over the next year.

The gift's represent a "doubling down" of Benioff's philanthropy in education, said Suzanne DiBianca, president of the company's foundation. (Confidential to SDB: We love you, but we think you don't play blackjack often. This gift is actually a tripling down.) SFUSD Superintendent Richard Carranza recently praised Benioff's philanthropic model, saying, "I wish we had a hundred Marc Benioffs."

So is Benioff an exemplar of englightened behavior by the privileged or the "Ron Burgundy of tech?" You know who doesn't care about the answer to that question? Those middle school kids with the new Chromebooks.

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