Recently, several former salesforce colleagues and friends — who have either started their own startup or joined one — have reached out to me with similar requests; “I loved the integrated philanthropy culture at Salesforce. We want to start a foundation at company X. How do we do it?” To all those who have reached out and any others interested, here are some thoughts and resources for anyone considering starting a corporate philanthropy program.
Five things to think about for starting your Foundation.
Once you lay your foundation for your foundation (or integrated philanthropy programs), you can get into the fun stuff creating programs, designing innovative grant initiatives, setting up the operations and legal structure (ok, fun for some), networking and reaching out to cool organizations with whom you want to partner and scale their impact. Remember to remain authentic to the impact you want to make.
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