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Giving Back: The Heart and Soul of Dreamforce

By October 3, 2016

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DF GivesIf you’ve been to Dreamforce at least once, you know that giving back is the beating heart behind it all. When Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff started Salesforce 17 years ago, he was inspired to integrate philanthropy into his business., a nonprofit social enterprise born out of Salesforce, has a big mission based on a simple concept. The goal is to empower our community of stakeholders to accelerate impact by leveraging Salesforce’s technology, resources, and people.

Salesforce brings this to life at Dreamforce. Learn how here:

Nonprofits and Higher Ed at Dreamforce

We all know that Dreamforce is huge, but did you know that it’s also the largest Nonprofit Technology Conference in the world? This year, more than 8,000 will register, representing nonprofit organizations, education institutions, and grant-making foundations across the US and 20 other countries.

This year, the homebase for nonprofits and higher ed at Dreamforce is the Lodge, located at the Westin St. Francis. There will be nonstop action happening in and around the Lodge throughout the conference: inspiring speakers in the Power of Us Theater, community meetups, and of course, the chance to win some amazing swag! It’ll be open From Tuesday, October 4th through Thursday, October 6th from 8:00am to 6:00pm, and Friday, October 7th from 8:00am to 2:00pm.

Want details on content made just for you? Check out the Trailblazer’s Guidebook – your first look at the sessions, breakouts, and panels for nonprofits and higher ed. We just published it today, so you can be among the first to get your DF16 game plan together! NOTE: Session titles and topics in this first version are subject to change before Dreamforce, but we hope it’ll give you a good idea of which sessions to sign up for in the Dreamforce Agenda Builder.

Volunteer Onsite at Dreamforce

The do-good and feel-good spirit is present throughout Dreamforce with opportunities to give back on-site every day of the conference. Not only has Dreamforce become the largest nonprofit technology conference in the world, but it also helps turn the whole Salesforce community into philanthropists.


Tuesday, October 4: Education | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Dreampark
Talk, Read, Sing:Help support early childhood development with Too Small to Fail as we assemble 2,000 tote bags full of early STEM education materials for children.

Developer Forest

Coding: Watch SFUSD students learn to code in workshops hosted by organizations from around the world.

Camp Maker: Observe and engage in hands-on educational activities that inspire the joy and discovery of learning.

Wednesday, October 5: Health | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Dreampark
Project Open Hand: Help us pack 3,000 hygiene kits to be sent to organizations supporting the Bay Area’s homeless population.

Developer Forest

Coding: Watch SFUSD students learn to code in workshops hosted by organizations from around the world.

Camp Maker: Observe and engage in hands-on educational activities that inspire the joy and discovery of learning.

Thursday, October 6: Women’s Leadership & Equality | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Dreampark
Lemonade Day: Students become young entrepreneurs for a day, launching and running a business at Dreamforce using Salesforce technology. Come quench your thirst and pick up a cup of cherry (RED) lemonade. All proceeds go directly to (RED).

Developer Forest

Girls Coding Day: Observe coding workshops run by organizations working to bridge the gender gap in technology.

Friday, October 7: Compassion | 10:000 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Dreampark
#PledgeItForward: Come join us at the Community Campfire and about the giving movement more than 900 companies have joined.

Give Big with (RED)

Amazing things happen when we open our hearts and work together to help others. Last year, Dreamforce attendees donated more than one million books to schools and libraries around the world for children in need.

This year, we’re joining forces with (RED), an organization started by Bono and Bobby Shriver with the mission of creating awareness and raising funds to deliver the first AIDS-free generation. Learn more here (Link to (RED) blog)

Our goal is to raise one million dollars to further the fight against AIDS, and at Dreamforce, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to help. We have amazing speakers, must-have merchandise, photo ops, and hands-on volunteer activities planned throughout Dreamforce to help you get involved and support (RED). Get more information and donate!

Rock out for Children’s Health

On October 5, join us at The Concert for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, featuring U2 and held in conjunction with Dreamfest. Help us support breakthroughs in children’s health through this extraordinary benefit concert. You definitely won’t want to miss the exclusive cocktail reception, reserved concert viewing areas, or after-party with MC Hammer and spinning at the Cloud Palace. Learn more and buy sponsorships, tickets, and donate.


Dreamforce is happening in tandem with Fleet Week! See below to learn how Salesforce’s Vetforce is involved with both.

Vetforce at Dreamforce

Did you miss this week’s episode of The Road to Dreamforce: Giving Back at Dreamforce? Join Suzanne DiBianca, EVP, Corporate Relations & Chief Philanthropy Officer, Salesforce, Rob Acker, CEO, and Ebony Frelix, SVP, Philanthropy & Engagement, Salesforce.Org, as they get you up to speed on, how the giving back is embedded in Dreamforce, and highlight all the great stuff available for nonprofits during all four days. Learn how you can be sustainable at Dreamforce with Salesforce Sustainability Coordinator, Sunya Ojure.