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MarketWatch First Take: Salesforce.com buys Salesforce.org, and that’s the only straightforward part

Salesforce.com Inc. is buying Salesforce.org for $300 million, with money going to the Salesforce Foundation and the low-budget Salesforce.org customers going to Salesforce.

Pretty simple, right? Well, it doesn’t get any more straightforward from there.

In a deal announced Monday afternoon, Salesforce CRM, -0.39% will acquire an independent entity that was created to sell Salesforce software at a discounted rate to nonprofits, schools and other groups that struggle to pay for high-value software. Salesforce.org, a public-benefit corporation, will instead become a business unit of Salesforce, while the Salesforce Foundation — a nonprofit dedicated to donating to needy groups — will receive the cash.

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