Mayor Breed recognizes Salesforce as first major APEC donor

San Francisco Mayor London Breed recently recognized Salesforce as the first major donor to the city’s APEC fundraising efforts. File photo/

Salesforce was the first company to contribute towards San Francisco’s APEC fundraising goals, donating $1 million

SAN FRANCISCO – Mayor London N. Breed on Tuesday, October 3 recognized Salesforce’s partnership in supporting San Francisco as the host city for the 2023 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting taking place November 11-17, 2023. Salesforce was the first major donor for the city’s APEC fundraising efforts.

Salesforce donated $1 million to the San Francisco Special Event Committee, responsible for all APEC-related fundraising efforts. Total fundraising for APEC is now over $18 million. Salesforce also provided the use of its ‘Ohana Floor event space at Salesforce Tower for the Special Event Committee to host APEC-related events and bring business and community leaders together. During the week of APEC, the company will also invite employees to volunteer in related activities.

“I am grateful for Salesforce’s continued commitment to supporting San Francisco,” said Mayor Breed. “Their generosity will help highlight San Francisco on the world stage during APEC in November as we expect thousands of delegation members and members of the media from around the world. The resources they have provided will also make sure that we are doing our part to support the work by President Biden and his administration for our nation.

“As the largest private employer in San Francisco, Salesforce is proud to welcome the world to our beautiful city,” said Marc Benioff, Salesforce chair and chief executive officer. “San Francisco is the epicenter of innovation and now the world’s AI capital. We’re excited to support the monumental APEC Leaders’ Meeting and all its world leaders and dignitaries.”

Salesforce continues to invest heavily in the Bay Area, including more than $10 million in new grants to San Francisco and Oakland schools and nonprofits. The company’s Dreamforce 2023, the world’s largest AI event, drew tens of thousands of in-person attendees to San Francisco, resulting in a projected economic impact of $89.3 million for the city.

APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), meanwhile, is the premier platform for the United States to advance economic policies in the Asia-Pacific region to promote free, fair, and open trade and investment and advance inclusive and sustainable growth. As part of our enduring commitment to the region and broad-based economic growth, San Francisco is excited to serve as host of the APEC Leaders’ Meeting taking place in San Francisco, November 11-17, 2023.

APEC will be the largest convening of world leaders in San Francisco since the UN Charter was signed in 1945 during the UN Conference on International Organization, also called the San Francisco Conference.

This November, the United States will chair the 2023 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting in iconic San Francisco, California. The 21 APEC Member Economies account for nearly 40 percent of the global population and nearly 50 percent of global trade.

APEC’s themes this year are sustainability, inclusivity, innovation and resilience.

(SF Mayor’s Office Release)

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