Industry: Technology & Telecommunications Business Need: Diversity, Goodwill & Community, Onboarding & Training—one of the world’s best cloud computing companies—found the entry-level talent source it was looking for by partnering with nonprofit organization Year Up, which helped strengthen and diversify its workforce.

"Edwin is the 'go-to' person on the team. From the beginning he has assumed a leadership role and is willing to learn and implement new techniques in order to grow professionally. Feedback is well received and quickly implemented."
Ebony Frelix, Director of IT Operations

THE CHALLENGE has always had community ties woven into its fiber. Through its celebrated 1/1/1 integrated philanthropy model, the company seeks out organizations that can leverage its people, technology and resources to improve communities. It also operates in a challenging market (San Francisco) for employers in search of skilled IT professionals. As the company increasingly found recruiting and retention to be consistent hurdles in its growth, sought out ways to improve its double bottom line. 


In 2008, became a founding partner for Year Up in the Bay Area. Year Up connects companies that need talent with young adults who need opportunities. This partnership allowed to find what it needed: a stronger pipeline of educated and skilled employees. As a result, has been recognized for its investment in the community and received the San Francisco Business Times Community Commitment Award in 2012.


  • 79+ interns hosted
  • 28 interns hired
  • 88% of alumni are employed or enrolled in full-time college
  • $2.5 million philanthropic investment in Bay Area expansion


Source: Year Up. Partner Profile: 2013.

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