Silicon Valley Companies Support Disaster Relief in Haiti
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Hurricane Matthew, a devastating Category 4 hurricane, has led to more than 800 deaths in Haiti and thousands have been left homeless. Aid organizations, foundations, and companies are coming together to support the relief efforts on the island.
Dozens of Silicon Valley leaders and companies have joined forces to support the Silicon Valley Disaster Relief for Haiti initiative. As Hurricane Matthew made landfall, Keith Krach, Chairman and CEO of DocuSign, was inspired to organize fellow Silicon Valley leaders to the relief cause. Krach reached out to New Story, a nonprofit based in San Francisco with a proven track record of supporting the development of sustainable communities in Haiti.
Through efficient planning and coordinated efforts, Krach and New Story rallied a group of Silicon Valley leaders and companies to create an immediate fundraiser to provide relief and aid in long-term rebuilding in Haiti.
Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, one of the supporters of the initiative, said that they hope to make a meaningful difference for the thousands of families in Haiti that are in desperate need of shelter after this disaster. Sridhar Ramaswamy, SVP of Google, said that he was proud to support New Story as they provide 100 percent of all donations to these families in need.
Salesforce quickly stepped up to match up to $100,000 and provide much-needed aid to the hurricane victims. Through the 1-1-1 model of integrated corporate philanthropy, the company has already done impactful work in Haiti. Lew Cirne, CEO of New Relic, said that New Story's effort will bring support and hope to the resilient people of Haiti.
Other supporters include: Byron Deeter – Partner of Bessemer Ventures, John Battelle – CEO of NewCo, Nick Mehta – CEO of Gainsight, Rob Bernshteyn – CEO of Coupa, Robert Hohman – CEO of Glassdoor, Robin Washington – CFO of Gilead, Ron Conway - Managing Partner of SV Angel, Ryan Holmes – CEO of Hootsuite, Tod Nielsen, Tom Mendoza – Vice Chairman of NetApp.
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