What Exactly Does it Mean to Pledge 1%? As you may already know, Shift3 Technologies is a proud Salesforce Certified Partner, as we specialize in Salesforce org management and implementation for businesses. As such, we also like to participate in the philanthropic programs Salesforce has to offer to businesses and entrepreneurs of all sizes—to help give back to community causes and organizations as our business grows. A few years ago, Salesforce pioneered the Pledge 1% model of integrated corporate philanthropy, which dedicates 1% of Salesforce’s equity, employee time or product back into the community, which has so far generated more than $280 million, 3.8 million employee volunteer hours, and technology to 40,000 nonprofits and educational institutions around the world. Shift3 Technologies has joined Salesforce’s philanthropic efforts by pledging to give 1% of our work product back to the communities we love so much. 1% is Bigger Than You Think By developing this corporate giving blueprint, Salesforce has paved the way for growing businesses all over the world to integrate giving into their business models from the very start. Pledge 1% now inspires, educates, and empowers every entrepreneur, company, and employee to be a force for good. Over 10,000 members in 100 countries have used Pledge 1%’s flexible framework to ignite half a billion dollars in new philanthropy. Shift3 Technologies has now adopted that giving model into our existing corporate giving structure. How Does Pledge 1% Work? Pledge 1% participating companies are in total control of their giving programs; we decide the causes or nonprofits we want to support based on our company mission. For Shift3, that’s donating what we do best: Technology. Specifically, technology and custom software that helps our community when it needs it the most. Companies that make the pledge can give any combination of product, equity, profit or time to the charity or organization of their choice. Taking the pledge with Salesforce is setting your intent to give, even if that’s at a later date. For instance, companies can Pledge 1% of product and profit, but focus initially on product until there is profit to give. Additionally, companies can add pledge types as they grow and scale their programs. What We’ve Given So Far At Shift3 Technologies, giving back through technology was an easy decision to make. The Take Care Platform At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, our company mobilized to build a full CRM and intake software platform, powered by Salesforce, to help get food to the immunocompromised and most vulnerable populations in California’s Central Valley during the statewide order to shelter-in-place. Our team built this platform in an unprecedented two-week span. Schools closed. Workplaces went remote. And grocery stores began running out of food. If a person was in an at-risk category, they were putting themselves in danger of catching COVID-19 by being in public places just to purchase food and necessities. To make matters worse, the greater public response was one of early fear-purchasing that left grocery store aisles void of non-perishable items, paper goods, bottled water and protein. During those months, it was hard to imagine where dinner would come from, especially if you couldn’t leave your home. And if you did, there might not be food at the store. Calling the software platform Take Care, Shift3 decided to develop a simple system—put in place—for people in need to make a request for food and find reassurance that it would be safely delivered to their home. This platform wasn’t funded nor were we expecting to get paid for it; we just needed an easier tracking and intake system to get our community food and necessities delivered. This project was truly a labor of love and it’s still being used today to feed those in need. The PodUp Platform Just as our team mobilized to build Take Care to feed our communities, Shift3 built PodUp, an online, dynamic matching platform to help parents and families find solutions to childcare needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now several months into the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and most populations are still finding ways to adjust their everyday lives despite social distancing protocols, shelter-in-place mandates and recommendations to isolate and quarantine. Many are still struggling. Moreover, limiting daily interactions to friends and family has been especially difficult, as parents try to solve the growing concern of how to provide childcare and help their children safely connect with others. These circumstances have also made it difficult for working parents to focus and stay engaged in work tasks. We rallied our developers and Salesforce admins to help build this public-facing website, powered by Salesforce, where families can find other households with like-minded quarantine habits to share childcare responsibilities and eliminate the overwhelming stress caused by isolation—all while providing their families with connection and community. Salesforce’s 1-1-1 Philanthropic Model Salesforce developed their philanthropic model to leverage our technology, people, and resources to improve communities throughout the world. We were more than happy to join Salesforce and the thousands of other growing businesses to pledge 1% of their product, equity or time to give back to local communities through community service organizations for nonprofits. How Can We Mobilize to Build Technology for Your Business? Our team mobilized to build this configurable enterprise software platform to help our very own communities, but we also do this every day for our clients. From Salesforce org implementation and management to Lightning conversion and strategy, our team of certified developers and admins can help you get your org on track and working smoothly. How can we help you optimize your Salesforce org? Schedule a free consultation here. Not sure what questions to ask for your first meeting with a custom software firm, use this handy dandy guide! This post was written by Celeste A. Barron, Content Development Manager for Shift3 Technologies. You’ll find her playing with artisanal slime to help destress from the day ASMR-style.