Business Members

How Does A Business Join?

Business Members pledge to donate OnePercent of an appropriate source annually. For some businesses that means OnePercent of sales and for others OnePercent of a product line or corporate division.

Not ready to designate a specific pledge source? That’s ok. Your business can pledge a specific dollar amount. We know that in the current markets margins run thin, so we allow for complete flexibility in pledges. What’s important is that when you sign-up as a Pledging Member your business is actively engaged in support of educational equity.

Pledging Business Members receive a use license for the OnePercent for Education logo — a great way to demonstrate your commitment to educational equity.

We make it easy to meet your Corporate Social Responsibility goals. We’ve done the heavy lifting to build a sound portfolio of cradle-to-career approaches across six focus areas to advance educational equity throughout the Bay Area. You can give with confidence knowing that all of our Nonprofit Partners adhere to our Standards of Excellence.

No business is too large or too small to make a positive impact for our Nonprofit Partners and the children and families they serve. Signing up is simple and quick. Pledge today and donate later!

How It Works

Business Members can choose one or more of our 31 Nonprofit Partners providing programs and services in all 9 Bay Area Counties as recipients of their donations. Not sure? OnePercent for Education experts are available to advise you. We provide tailored, hands-on support for all of our Business Members.

When you sign up as a Business Member, you create a profile indicating your company’s philanthropic preferences.  Businesses can designate geographical areas, programmatic interests, age of recipients and more. Based on these preferences, we will match Business Member donations with the Nonprofit Partner(s) who best meet the criteria.

Pledging Business Members enjoy access to opportunities for deeper engagement through our volunteer dashboard and expanded information about our Nonprofit Partners and their positive impact. Business Members can also count the time given to employees to volunteer during working hours for up to 1/3 of their annual pledge.

When Your Business Participates, You:

  • Facilitate educational opportunities today for the workforce of tomorrow.
  • Build customer and employee loyalty by demonstrating your Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Save valuable staff time in evaluating eligible grant recipients and impacts of funded programs and services.
  • Strengthen the movement for educational equity through display of the OnePercent for Education logo.

Our Member sign-up process is simple and quick. Most new members are reporting that their sign-up required between 2-5 minutes to complete. Once we receive your information, you’ll be able to activate your Business Member benefits right away. Have questions? Want to view a sample Business Member Pledge Agreement? Prefer to talk about it or sign-up by phone?


A Note from our Board Chair

With great sadness, we regret to inform you that the Board of Directors has decided to wind down and dissolve OnePercent for Education; and the organization has initiated the dissolution process. One of our primary goals was to galvanize members of the business community who had not participated or had not fully participated in social engagement. Another goal was to engage individuals and families in our work for educational equity.

We continue to believe that there are people who care deeply about the issue and that there are significant financial resources that can be generated to support this movement. Despite our efforts, OnePercent for Education was unsuccessful in generating enough funding to achieve financial sustainability at this difficult time.

Every decision made was through the lens of how we can best bring support for the kids who need it the most. This is the work that our Nonprofit Partners deliver every day and will continue to do. Our Board of Directors will individually continue to promote their efforts and encourage support of their work. As we wind down, we are distributing as much of our remaining assets as possible to our Nonprofit Partners. While each Nonprofit Partner has received modest funding, this is far less than we had hoped, given the importance of their activities.

We urge each of you to support our Nonprofit Partners in the fulfillment of their missions as it so deeply impacts the communities they serve.

Finally, we thank you for your support of OnePercent for Education.