Top Silicon Valley Companies and Leaders Form the “Disaster Relief for Haiti Initiative”
Leaders in Silicon Valley joined forces with New Story to provide immediate relief and long-term rebuilding projects to those affected by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti
As a result of Hurricane Matthew, a devastating Category 4 hurricane, dozens of Silicon Valley leaders and companies have joined forces to support the Silicon Valley Disaster Relief for Haiti initiative. Haiti continues to experience traumatic flooding, wind damage, landslides, power outages, crop losses and with thousands still displaced from the 2010 Haiti earthquake, many families are struggling to find shelter. While the world watched in horror as Hurricane Matthew made landfall, Keith Krach, Chairman and CEO of DocuSign, was inspired to organize fellow Silicon Valley leaders to the relief cause.
Krach reached out to New Story, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco with a proven and transparent track record that 100% of all donations go towards building permanent homes and sustainable communities in Haiti.
“Keith was determined to make a powerful impact right away as speed becomes critical during early moments of highly destructive natural disasters. He immediately made a personal donation in DocuSign IMPACT’s name in the hopes of inspiring fellow Silicon Valley leaders to be a part of this initiative to help bring relief to families in Haiti,” said Brett Hagler, CEO of New Story.
Through quick planning and coordinated efforts, Krach and New Story rallied a formidable group of Silicon Valley leaders and companies to create an immediate fundraiser to aid in long-term rebuilding throughout the country.
“My heart goes out to all the families affected by this catastrophic hurricane that hit Haiti,” said Keith Krach, Chairman and CEO of DocuSign, “It’s humbling to see how quickly Silicon Valley leaders and companies came together in partnership with New Story to assist these families in their current situation as well as provide long-term sustainable shelters.
“We are hopeful that this initiative can make a meaningful difference for the thousands of families in Haiti that are in desperate need of shelter after this disaster,” said Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, “I’m grateful to Keith for pulling us all together so quickly and trying to make an impact.”
“My heart goes out to those affected in Haiti by Hurricane Matthew and I’m proud to support New Story as they provide 100% of all donations to these families in need,” said Sridhar Ramaswamy, SVP of Google.
Other supporters include: DocuSign Impact Foundation, Salesforce, Byron Deeter – Partner of Bessemer Ventures, John Battelle – CEO of NewCo, Nick Mehta – CEO of Gainsight, Rob Bernshteyn – CEO of Coupa, Robert Hohman – CEO of Glassdoor, Robin Washington – CFO of Gilead, Ron Conway – Managing Partner of SV Angel, Ryan Holmes – CEO of Hootsuite, Tod Nielsen, Tom Mendoza – Vice Chairman of NetApp.
“We’re proud to be part of raising awareness and rallying people around this important initiative. New Story’s noble effort will bring support and hope to the resilient people in Haiti,” said Lew Cirne, CEO of New Relic.
Through the 1-1-1 model of integrated corporate philanthropy, Salesforce has already done impactful work in Haiti. Salesforce quickly stepped up to match up to $100,000 and provide much-needed aid to these hurricane victims.
“Salesforce is proud to support this disaster relief initiative through our 1-1-1 model to help provide impactful solutions for families in Haiti recovering from Hurricane Matthew,” said Suzanne DiBianca, EVP and Chief Philanthropy Officer, Salesforce.