September 12, 2018 – 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 Slack, the cloud-based collaboration company, has received the prestigious Forbes Cloud 100 Pledge 1% Impact Award.

For the past three years, Forbes has recognized companies around the world who are making a difference with their technology and products. The Pledge 1% Impact Award recognizes one company out of the top 100 who is truly going above and beyond to have a positive impact with their work. We are thrilled to congratulate Slack on winning this year’s award.

Slack recently joined the Pledge 1% movement by announcing their newest initiative – Next Chapter. In partnership with The Last Mile, a technology training program for incarcerated individuals, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and John Legend’s FREEAMERICA, Next Chapter helps bring returning citizens back to the workplace through year-long apprenticeship training programs for The Last Mile graduates. Through this program, Slack employees train and mentor participants, equipping them with the skills the need to re-enter the workforce. The program is already having a tremendous impact on participants and is creating a blueprint for other companies to train and hire people who have been incarcerated.

This type of innovation and collaboration is at the heart of the Pledge 1% movement and we are delighted to celebrate Slack today for this groundbreaking work and for their leadership with their Pledge 1% commitment.

Receiving the Pledge 1% Impact Award on behalf of Slack was Co-founder and CTO Cal Henderson, along with Deepti Rohatgi, Director of Slack for Good and Public Affairs. The Award was presented by Kirsten Wolberg, Chief Technology & Operations Officer from DocuSign, who received last year’s Impact Award.

To commemorate Slack’s commitment to giving back, will be donating $10,000 to the charity of Slack’s choice. In addition, past winners and fellow Pledge 1% members Twilio and DocuSign will be matching this donation, for a total of $30,000.

We congratulate Slack, Twilio, DocuSign, and all of the companies in the Pledge 1% community for all that you do to have an impact. We are proud to see so many members on The Cloud 100 list, including Qualtrics, Rubrik, PagerDuty, nCino, Automattic, Looker, Vlocity, Lookout, Gainsight, Dataminr, Workfront, Collibra, Algolia, FinancialForce, Optimizely, Digital Ocean, New Voice Media, Drift, and Dialpad. Your leadership is a shining example for the larger cloud community to give back.

Lastly, we’d like to thank Forbes and Pledge 1% partners Salesforce Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners for including the Pledge 1% Impact Award in this exciting event, and for continuing this tradition of recognizing companies who are having an impact.

To learn more about The Cloud 100 and to view the 2018 list, click here.

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