Microsoft Employees Raise $96 Million for Charity
Thursday, 20th January 2011 at 9:52 am
Microsoft employees in the US made 2010 the largest year of giving in the company’s history, raising more than $96 million for 16,000-plus community organisations.
More than 60 percent of employees participated in the company’s 2010 Giving Campaign with donations of time and money.
Microsoft, the software giant started by philanthropist Bill Gates, says giving was up across the board in 2010 – more employees participated, donating more time and money than ever before, which came as a surprise to Giving Campaign planners.
Pamela Passman, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of global affairs says the record year is extra special given how economic uncertainties could have lowered participation and results.
Employees and Microsoft with its matching program gave $8.1 million more than in 2009. In addition, 4,251 employees donated 353,541 hours of their time to community organisations. Overall, more than 60 percent of the company’s employees got involved in the Giving Campaign at some point during the year.