August 10, 2021 – Forbes’ The Cloud 100, the definitive list of the 100 top private cloud companies and the 20 rising stars poised to join their ranks, announced today that Guild Education, a mission-based company providing opportunities for America’s workforce through education, has received the prestigious Pledge 1% Impact Award.

The Pledge 1% Impact Award recognizes one company out of the Cloud 100 that is going above and beyond to have a positive impact. We are delighted to recognize Guild Education for their leadership in setting aside equity for impact, and for their ongoing commitment to helping large employers extend education benefits to their thousands of employees.

In addition, Guild has been one of the leading voices in the fight against the pandemic and is an active member of the Pledge 1% COVID-19 Coalition, a group of companies who are working together to respond to and help others navigate today’s health, social, and climate crises. Guild Education CEO Rachel Carlson is also a co-founder of Stop The Spread, a movement to provide a suite of information related to critical pandemic needs, such as PPE supplies, the development of novel therapies, and vaccine equity.

Not only that, but Guild Education has joined other Pledge 1% members in formalizing their equity pledge on the path to IPO, setting aside company equity to fund their corporate philanthropy programs in the future. This trend is becoming the new normal and paving the way for companies to step up and fill the gap to solve the most pressing issues of our time. Already over $1 Billion in new philanthropy has been ignited by Pledge 1% companies setting aside equity, including roughly 30% of the companies who exited the Cloud 100 list.

In honor of their work and dedication to social impact, Salesforce Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners will be donating $10,000 to Guild Education’s nonprofit of choice.

Guild is joining past Pledge 1% Impact Award winners DocuSign, Twilio, Slack, Procore, and Canva, and are one of many Pledge 1% member companies recognized at the Cloud 100. We congratulate the following Pledge 1% members for making this year’s list: 6sense, ActiveCampaign, Automattic, AvidXchange, Canva, Celonis, Collibra, Culture Amp, Dataminr, Flutterwave, LaunchDarkly, Notion, OwnBackup, Rubrik, Samsara, Shippo, and Workato. You can learn more and view the full list here

We are so proud of the Pledge 1% companies on The Cloud 100 list and our wider member community for all that they have done and continue to do to leverage their business as a force for good!