Salesforce.org today announced it will be supporting CoderDojo with a $200,000 grant to grow their network of volunteer run coding clubs across the globe. The announcement was made at the Salesforce World Tour, London, with Salesforce.org President, Suzanne DiBianca presenting CoderDojo CEO, Mary Moloney with the ‘cheque’.
“We are really excited to be partnering with CoderDojo,” said Charlotte Finn, Foundation Director, EMEA. “Organizations like CoderDojo spark our interest because of the impact they have on the future development and lives of young people around the world. Add to this a tremendous energy and passion, like what is powering the global CoderDojo movement, and you’ve got something really special.”
Salesforce has a long history of giving technology, financial resources and employee time to nonprofits through its 1-1-1 model of integrated corporate philanthropy. Since its inception in 1999, Salesforce technology has powered more than 25,000 nonprofit and higher education institutions; the Foundation has provided more than $85 million in grants; and Salesforce employees have logged more than 920,000 volunteer hours globally.
The CoderDojo grant will support 14 Dojos, each run by Salesforce “champions,” and will establish 70 Salesforce Dojo certified employees as mentors. The Salesforce-supported Dojos will reach 420 youths with a 50/50 ratio of boys and girls in each session.
CEO of CoderDojo, Mary Moloney explains: “Every day we’re contacted by parents and kids who want to get involved in CoderDojo, they are desperate for their kids to have the opportunity to develop much needed technical skills. With Salesforce.org’s support, we aim to reach as many kids as possible. It’s our vision that every child in the world should have the opportunity to learn how to code and discover the magic behind the technology, which they interact with in their everyday lives. Being a charity and relying on the generosity of volunteers around the world, support from Salesforce.org will make a real difference. Our joint efforts will make it easier for volunteers to do the great work that they do and will enrich the experience enjoyed by kids at Dojos all over the world.”
Check out the video introduced by Peter Coffee during the Keynote at the Salesforce World Tour, London.
Read more about CoderDojo on their website: coderdojo.com