Microsoft Corp. recently commemorated its 30th Employee Giving Campaign with an announcement that US employees have raised $1 billion in cash since 1983 for more than 31,000 nonprofits and community organizations around the world. Many of these organizations, like World Vision International and UNICEF, have operations and projects outside of the US, impacting communities in more than a hundred countries worldwide.
“I’m incredibly proud of our employees and this is truly a time to celebrate, not just because we’ve raised a record amount of funds, but because together with our nonprofit partners we have impacted and improved the lives of hundreds of millions of people,” said CEO Steve Ballmer.
Microsoft Employee Giving Program
Each year, Microsoft matches US employee volunteer time at $17 per hour and dollar-for-dollar charitable contributions to all eligible nonprofits up to a total of $12,000 per employee. When the Microsoft giving program began in 1983, approximately 200 employees raised $17,000 for nonprofits. Today, more than 35,000 employees participate, which is approximately 65% of Microsoft’s total US workforce, and the company predicts its employees will raise more than $100 million in 2012 for nonprofits around the world.
“From its earliest days, Microsoft employees have been involved in their communities and have helped contribute to their vitality and growth,” added Microsoft Chairman and Founder Bill Gates. “Thirty years and $1 billion later, that impact can be felt around the world.”
A Passion for Giving Globally
Outside the U.S., each employee receives a minimum of three paid days a year to volunteer in their community. Microsoft employees donate volunteer hours, donate and raise money and lend their skills to local and international nonprofits year-round.
A range of volunteer activities throughout Asia have helped support many non-profit and community organizations, including the following:
- Microsoft Hong Kong introduced its volunteer management system (VMS), a service that helps non-governmental organisations (NGOs) streamline operations to better serve the community.
- In Korea, Microsoft volunteers accompanied young children from the Amsa Rehabilitation Center on a trip to enjoy the natural environment of Namhansansung.
- Microsoft New Zealand employees and contractors volunteered in the inaugural Carbon4Good 100 Tonne Challenge and helped plant 4,800 trees across the country.
- During the 2011 floods in Thailand, Microsoft staff supported relief efforts by organizing volunteer sessions and developed software to provide more information surrounding the crisis.
- Microsoft Vietnam employees volunteered in a charity programme, donating food and basic necessities to children at the Village of Hope Centre in Danang City.
“Year over year, Microsoft employees have increased their generosity of time, talent and resources, which has led to the continuous growth of the Give Campaign during the past three decades,” said Brad Smith, Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel. “As our campaign has grown, we’ve been honored to stand alongside a long list of nonprofit partners and support their invaluable service to communities around the world.”
Microsoft Total Giving by the Numbers
Since 1983, Microsoft and its employees have provided more than $6.5 billion in cash, services and software to nonprofits around the world through localized, company-sponsored giving and volunteer campaigns. This includes in-kind donations.