Originally published by Webwire

Northern California IT Startup Joins Growing List of US Companies Devoting Resources to Philanthropic Causes

Cloud Pathfinder Consulting (CPC), an emerging IT startup enabling business clients to fully harness the capabilities of Salesforce customer relationship management (CRM) software tools, today proudly announced it has joined the Pledge 1% movement. Founded in 2014 as a joint philanthropy project of Salesforce, Atlassian and Rally, Pledge 1% encourages progressive companies of any size to formally devote one percent of resources—equity, time, product or profit—to nonprofit organizations serving their local community and beyond.

In keeping with the goals of the Pledge 1% movement, CPC will formally commit at least one percent of employee time and net profits to directly aid Merivis Foundation. A Texas-based nonprofit, Merivis shares CPC’s core mission of rewarding America’s military veterans and their families with valuable Salesforce skills training, certifications and job placement as a starting point for prosperous civilian careers.

“We recognize Pledge 1% as a terrific pipeline for companies to ’give back’ to their communities,” said CPC founder and CEO Jesse Grothaus, an Army Reserve veteran who served several overseas deployments. “Merivis Foundation is a perfect match for us to lend our specific Salesforce expertise­—and share our success with a larger group of fellow veterans.”

“We’ve already achieved great success stories in training and mentoring veterans with the in-depth Salesforce skills so many employers are struggling to find,” said Hector Perez Jr., president of Merivis Foundation Board of Directors. “We couldn’t find a better partner than CPC, and we gladly accept their assistance toward helping give veterans a leg up in today’s competitive job market”

About Cloud Pathfinder Consulting

Founded in 2017, Cloud Pathfinder Consulting (CPC) enables business clients to reap maximum advantages from the Salesforce customer relationship management (CRM) platform, from navigating front-end setup (consulting, planning, training and migration) through back-end support, including full data integration management, reporting and advanced analytics, with a range of service tiers tailored to meet the needs of companies of every size. CPC is also among select recipients of the Salesforce Impact Fund, Salesforce Ventures’ $50 million commitment to accelerate promising new companies which utilize Salesforce tools to benefit society. A veteran-owned small business based in Northern California. For more information, visit www.cloudpathfinderconsulting.com .

About Merivis Foundation

Merivis Foundation supports veterans preparing for their next missions through training, mentorship and job readiness for Salesforce cloud technology positions.  With a growing need for Salesforce certified professionals and an increasing numbers of underemployed veterans in the country, they bridge the gap to help veterans transition to civilian life and find great careers. Learn more at www.merivisfoundation.org .

About Pledge 1%

Pledge 1% is an effort spearheaded by Atlassian, Rally, Salesforce and Tides to accelerate their shared vision around integrating philanthropy into businesses around the world. Pledge 1% encourages and challenges individuals and companies to pledge 1% of equity, profit, product and/or employee time for their communities, because pledging a small portion of future success can have a huge impact on tomorrow. Pledge 1% offers companies turnkey tools and best practices, making it accessible for any company to incorporate philanthropy into their business model. To learn more or to take the pledge, please visit www.pledge1percent.org .