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While Bay Area companies are redefining how the world works, the world still isn’t working for many of our neighbors.

1 in 5 people in our community lives in poverty

What if we could do more?

Introducing

Created in partnership with Tipping Point Community and Boston Consulting Group, the SF Gives Playbook can help you:

1. Start a corporate giving program

2. Optimize your company's current giving

3. Find best practices and benchmark your impact

Click below to download the Playbook. Scroll down to see the highlights.

  • Monetary
  • Volunteering
  • Product+ Services
  • Communityengagement

There is more than one way to give back

Click above to see giving profiles of local companies and industry benchmarks. See giving profiles of local companies and industry benchmarks.

OfferingsGetting StartedBest in Class
corporate grants<0.1% of rev.>0.2% of total rev.
employee matching<1-to-1
<$1k
3-to-1
>$25K
equityNone>0.1%
employee directed grants$50 per employee$500 per employee
dollars for doers5+ hour per threshold
<$10 match per hour
No threshold
>$20 match per hour
Levi's Story+ More

Levi Strauss & Co. has a long history of philanthropy and continues to find new and innovative ways to engage in grant-making. Historically, the company has committed an average of 2.5% (~$9-10M per year) of its earnings to support company-wide philanthropic investments. The company created the Levi Strauss Foundation more than 60 years ago as a "rainy day fund" to ensure consistent, long-term community support regardless of business performance. Through the Levi Strauss Foundation, the company invests in long-term social change, while direct company grant-making connects to current business initiatives and works to enhance the company’s reputation beyond the marketplace.

OfferingsGetting StartedBest in Class
company sponsored volunteeringOnce a yearFour times a year
PTO to volunteer1 day a year1 day a month
board placementNoneFunds placements
leave of absenceNone2+ weeks a year
Google's Story+ More

Google Reach Local's mission is to leverage Google's strength in human capital, information, and technology to address local community challenges and develop socially conscious leaders. With this program, employees are matched with nonprofit organizations near their home office for an immersive volunteering experience. The program gives Googlers an opportunity to spend a week of sponsored volunteer time in their local community doing social impact work. Skilled volunteering is matched with gifted technical solutions, and organizations are further supported by receiving $10 for each employee hour volunteered, ensuring that nonprofits are supported in the volunteer process.

OfferingsGetting StartedBest in Class
Pro-Bono<1% of total rev.>2% of total rev.
Low-Bono10-25% discount>50% discount
SecondmentsNoneYear or more
Gifted Products<0.5% of product sold>1% of product sold
Discounted Products10-25% discount>50% discount
Product FundraisingNo productsMost products
LinkedIn's Story+ More

LinkedIn uses their platform and employees to effect change globally and drive change locally. By using their core products, LinkedIn has developed a marketplace for nonprofits to find board members, source skilled volunteers, and fill vacant full time positions. In addition they use their core product and assets to help veterans and young people find careers and employment support. LinkedIn combines their product and service offerings with an employee led grants program that enables employees to champion grants for nonprofits they are involved with that are helping to transform their communities around the world.

OfferingsGetting StartedBest in Class
Employment for Underserved Population1 per 1000 emp.>1 per 100 emp.
Use of space/facilities for tours/meetingsAnnually>Weekly
Donations(equipment/food)AnnuallyMonthly
Scholarships for charitable events.1 event per year3 or more events
Zynga's Story+ More

Zynga.org’s co.lab initiative pairs the drive of mission-focused ed tech entrepreneurs with the passion and industry knowledge of Zynga employees to help start-ups with learning games scale their products for greater impact and long-term sustainability. By providing investment capital and office space, along with expert product advice from professional grade developers, Zynga.org is helping individual companies succeed while advancing the broader marketplace for games that improve academic and social outcomes. In addition, Zynga partners with SFUSD to teach game design and coding to San Francisco public high school students and is the lead funder of BAVC’s G:URL Game Makers summer program, which aims to inspire and develop young female game designers. Zynga also offers internships in partnership with YearUp to help underserved youth transition out of poverty and into tech jobs.

Offerings
corporate grants
Getting Started<0.1% of rev.
Best In Class>2% of total rev.
employee matching
Getting Started<1-to-1
<$1k
Best In Class3-to-1
>$25K
equity
Getting StartedNone
Best In Class>0.1%
employee directed grants
Getting Started$50 per employee
Best In Class$500 per employee
dollars for doers
Getting Started5+ hour per threshold
<$10 match per hour
Best In ClassNo threshold
>$20 match per hour
Levi's Story

Levi Strauss & Co. has a long history of philanthropy and continues to find new and innovative ways to engage in grant-making. Historically, the company has committed an average of 2.5% (~$9-10M per year) of its earnings to support company-wide philanthropic investments. The company created the Levi Strauss Foundation more than 60 years ago as a "rainy day fund" to ensure consistent, long-term community support regardless of business performance. Through the Levi Strauss Foundation, the company invests in long-term social change, while direct company grant-making connects to current business initiatives and works to enhance the company’s reputation beyond the marketplace.

Offerings
company sponsored volunteering
Getting StartedOnce a year
Best In ClassFour times a year
PTO to volunteer
Getting Started1 day a year
Best In Class1 day a month
board placement
Getting StartedNone
Best In ClassFunds placements
leave of absence
Getting StartedNone
Best In Class2+ weeks a year
Google's Story

Google Reach Local's mission is to leverage Google's strength in human capital, information, and technology to address local community challenges and develop socially conscious leaders. With this program, employees are matched with nonprofit organizations near their home office for an immersive volunteering experience. The program gives Googlers an opportunity to spend a week of sponsored volunteer time in their local community doing social impact work. Skilled volunteering is matched with gifted technical solutions, and organizations are further supported by receiving $10 for each employee hour volunteered, ensuring that nonprofits are supported in the volunteer process.

Offerings
Pro-Bono
Getting Started<1% of total rev.
Best In Class>2% of total rev.
Low-Bono
Getting Started10-25% discount
Best In Class>50% discount
secondments
Getting StartedNone
Best In ClassYear or more
gifted products
Getting Started<0.5% of product sold
Best In Class>1% of product sold
discounted products
Getting Started10-25% discount
Best In Class>50% discount
product fundraising
Getting StartedNo products
Best In ClassMost products
Linkedin's Story

LinkedIn uses their platform and employees to effect change globally and drive change locally. By using their core products, LinkedIn has developed a marketplace for nonprofits to find board members, source skilled volunteers, and fill vacant full time positions. In addition they use their core product and assets to help veterans and young people find careers and employment support. LinkedIn combines their product and service offerings with an employee led grants program that enables employees to champion grants for nonprofits they are involved with that are helping to transform their communities around the world.

Offerings
employment for underserved populations
Getting Started1 per 1000 emp.
Best In Class1 per 100 emp.
use of space/facilities for tours/meetings
Getting StartedAnnually
Best In ClassWeekly
donations (equipment/food)
Getting StartedAnnually
Best In ClassMonthly
sponsorship for charitable events
Getting Started1 event per year
Best In Class3 or more events
Zynga's Story

Zynga.org’s co.lab initiative pairs the drive of mission-focused ed tech entrepreneurs with the passion and industry knowledge of Zynga employees to help start-ups with learning games scale their products for greater impact and long-term sustainability. By providing investment capital and office space, along with expert product advice from professional grade developers, Zynga.org is helping individual companies succeed while advancing the broader marketplace for games that improve academic and social outcomes. In addition, Zynga partners with SFUSD to teach game design and coding to San Francisco public high school students and is the lead funder of BAVC’s G:URL Game Makers summer program, which aims to inspire and develop young female game designers. Zynga also offers internships in partnership with YearUp to help underserved youth transition out of poverty and into tech jobs.

  • Education
  • Housing
  • Wellness
  • Employment

turn your good intentions into tangible results

Click above to see our impact in four key areas. See our impact in four key areas.

A college degree doubles a person’s lifetime earnings. Last year alone, Tipping Point grantees provided college-preparatory support for nearly 14,000 low-income students across the Bay Area.

Tonight 36,000 of our neighbors will go to sleep without a place to call home. Last year, Tipping Point grantees moved 4,670 individuals from homelessness to safe housing.

There is a 16-year gap in life expectancy among people living in parts of Oakland and those in Walnut Creek. Each year, Tipping Point grantees provide approximately 60,000 clinical visits to promote wellness among low-income patients.

Single parents need over $68,000 a year to make ends meet in the Bay Area, and yet minimum wage jobs pay less than $26,000 annually. Last year, Tipping Point grantees helped 1,750 people find stable employment.

Together we can build a better Bay Area

SF Gives is a call to action for Bay Area companies to fight poverty right here in our own backyard.

The Playbook is just the beginning. Contact us to learn more about how your company can get involved.

SF Gives is a call to action for Bay Area companies to fight poverty right here in our own backyard.

The Playbook is just the beginning. Contact us to learn more about how your company can get involved.