October marks the 30th Microsoft Employee Giving Campaign and yesterday we were delighted to announce that since campaign began, employees in the U.S. have raised $1 billion in cash for more than 31,000 nonprofits and community organizations around the world.
The milestone was celebrated with employees and guests at our Redmond campus during a special town hall event which included CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Chairman and Founder Bill Gates and Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith.
This is truly a moment to celebrate – not just because Microsoft employees have raised a record amount of money – but because our nonprofit partners have put these funds to work to deliver life-changing services to hundreds of millions of people in the US and around the world.
As part of our overall commitment to corporate citizenship, Microsoft takes an active role in supporting and encouraging our employees to support their local communities, such as right here in Boston, which is home to many of our employees.
Our Giving Campaign is one of the world’s largest employee giving programs, fueled by the passion of employees such as Scott McFadden, Account Technology Strategist, who donates his time to the Boys and Girls Club of Boston. Scott has helped the organization move to cloud-based technology and trained staff in the office to learn these technologies. Scott also coordinated the first CyberSummit, which has now become an annual event where Microsoft hosts workshops to expose teen youth to different technologies in a fun, social and non-competitive way during their spring break in April.
We’re so proud to do business here, and – just as importantly – we are honored to be an active participant in helping to solve the issues that people in this community care about. Microsoft was founded on the belief that people and technology can make a difference in the world and the annual employee Giving Campaign is a great example of how that belief comes to life, year-in and year-out.