Zendesk: Launches global foundation in Madison


Pigeons will be released from Zendesk’s office with foundation grants made out to local organizations in their message canisters, fly to the rooftop of Madison Children’s Museum
for gift unveiling

WHAT: Zendesk, Inc., a cloud-based customer support platform that aims to bring organizations and customers closer together, will launch the Madison arm of its global foundation dedicated to giving back to the community.

With the help of the Madison Children’s Museum homing pigeons, grants made out to local organizations will be released into the sky from Zendesk’s office and literally “air-mailed” to the museum’s rooftop, where co-founder and CEO of Zendesk, Mikkel Svane, and representatives from local organizations will be on hand for the “fly-in” reception. To officially launch the new Zendesk Neighbor Foundation in Madison, Zendesk plans to give a total of $100,000 to the community. Organizations receiving gifts include the Madison Children’s Museum, the Madison Public Library, YWCA, the Boys & Girls Club and others. The foundation’s gifts to the Madison community will be focused on neighborhood renewal.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

5:15 pm. – Media arrival time @ Zendesk Office

5:30 p.m. – Pigeon release @ Zendesk Office

5:45 p.m. – Pigeons arrive to rooftop at MCM & grants received

6:00 p.m. – Remarks & check ceremony @ Madison Children’s Museum

6:30 p.m. – Reception @ Madison Children’s Museum

WHERE: Zendesk Office (For Pigeon Release)

U.S. Bank Building

1 South Pinckney Street, Madison, WI 53703

*Following the pigeon release, we will then move to the Madison Children’s Museum for the grant presentation reception (a 3 minute walk from the Zendesk office)

Madison Children’s Museum Rooftop (For Grant Presentation Ceremony)

100 N. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI 53703

*Ample public parking can be found close to the museum, including the Capitol Square North Garage at 218 W. Mifflin St and the lot at N. Pinckney and East Dayton streets.


Pigeon release @ Zendesk office:

CEO, foundation’s executive director, and Zendesk employees will be releasing pigeons into the sky.

Grant presentation & remarks by:

Mikkel Svane, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Zendesk

Deb Gilpin, President and CEO, Madison Children’s Museum

Zach Brandon, President, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce

MEDIA CONTACT: Tian Lee, Communications Manager, Zendesk

[email protected]; 323.605.9160 (mobile)

Corinne Burgermeister, Communications Specialist, Madison Children’s Museum

[email protected], 608.256.6445, ext. 539

Donna Brown, SutherlandGold Group for Zendesk

[email protected]; 714.928.7449 (mobile)

About Zendesk Neighbor Foundation

The Zendesk Neighbor Foundation aims to engage with, and provide support to, our local communities. We focus on neighborhood renewal and improvement by addressing poverty, homelessness and healthcare, improving education and promoting gender equality, development, and technical literacy. www.neighborfoundation.org.

About Madison Children’s Museum

Founded in 1980, Madison Children’s Museum (MCM) is an award-winning organization whose hands-on exhibits and programs celebrate and encourage children’s imaginations and the power of play as the cornerstone of learning. MCM is a proud recipient of the 2011 National Medal for Museum Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Learn more about MCM, or download photos for media use at our page.