Microsoft annual Employee Giving Campaign helps raise over $1 billion

Bill Gates co-founder of Microsoft is also very well known for his philanthropic activities. Bill and Melinda Gates foundation which is dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals around the world has been widely appreciated world over. The same culture of giving to help others is embedded in Microsoft. For Microsoft employees, its one of the most rewarding aspect of their job.

Microsoft Employee Giving Campaign

Microsoft Employee Giving Campaign

Microsoft started its Giving program in 1983 when 200 of its employees raised $17000. Today approximately 67% of Microsoft’s total US workforce participate in this giving program. Microsoft give campaign adds to the valuable work the employees do in communities near and far.

The Microsoft Employee Giving Campaign though takes place in the U.S. throughout the year every year but in October it gets a special push. The campaign peaks at this time and one can feel it in the Microsoft campus. Employees taking part in more than 300 activities such as 5K Run, an online auction and other special events.

It adds up to a very real impact on local communities near and far — and an enduring giving culture that stems directly from our mission as a company: to help people realize their full potential, in everything they do.

But one might be wondering how all this gets arranged at such volume. Microsoft matches employee nonprofit donations and volunteering year round up to $15000 per employee. It also helps employees find nonprofits that best match their volunteering skills and interests. And for this Microsoft uses its in-house volunteering tool.

The Volunteer Manager connects the employee with thousands of skilled volunteers to help complete their mission. Thus Microsoft provides its employees the opportunity to identify, support and empower the charities close to their hearts.

Some stats on Employee Giving:

  • Microsoft employees have donated more than $1 billion, since 1983.
  • Since the volunteer match program started in 2005, the Microsoft employees in the U.S. have volunteered more than 2.5 million hours of their time to the cause of their liking and care about.
  • Microsoft and its employees since 1983 have provided more than $8.5 billion in cash, services and software to non profits world over.

For further details please visit microsoft.com.

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Vasudev G. is a Technology Enthusiast. He is a Windows Insider MVP and is committed to Microsoft technologies and products.