Microsoft has launched its annual giving campaign for its Employees. The social initiative wants to inspire volunteerism and support communities through cash donations, technical and skills-based volunteering and campus events for employees.
Lori Forte Harnick – General Manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs details Microsofts 2015 Employee Giving Campaign in a post on the Microsoft blog.
Throughout October, we make it easy for employees to get involved and actively support the causes they care about.
- In the U.S., Microsoft matches employee cash donations dollar-for-dollar and also the time that employees volunteer in the community, at $25 per hour up to a total of $15,000 per year.
- We help connect employees with nonprofits that need volunteers. This also includes technical and skills-based volunteering through our Tech Talent for Good initiative.
- We inspire participation through a variety of campus events to help employees learn more about various nonprofits and donate through fundraising events led by their peers that create a fun environment to get involved and learn how to help.”
Last year´s Microsoft campaign Employee Giving Campaign had reached the sum of a record-breaking $117 million for nonprofits and schools around the world.
Microsoft has a long history of social contribution and donating to nonprofits and social causes. During the first campaign in 1983, 200 Microsoft employees raised $17,000 and the yearly amount has increased steadily over the years to more than $100 million per year. With the money, nearly 20,000 nonprofits worldwide get support for important projects.