During 2011, Microsoft matched employee donations to reach a staggering $100.5 million. The fundraising management will disperse contributions among 18,000 nonprofit organizations. Microsoft's Employee Giving Program provides workers with the opportunity to contribute to worthwhile causes. Microsoft will contribute up to $12,000 in a corporate matching gift for employees' donation efforts. For every hour of volunteer time, the company will put $17 toward a cause or match employees' charitable donations dollar-for-dollar. Last year, employees upped their volunteer efforts by 20 percent to reach a total of 426,671 hours. "Last year, Microsoft U.S. employees broke their annual giving record, raising more than $100 million for community organizations," said Brad Smith, executive vice president of legal and corporate affairs for the company. "...This new fundraising record is a great start to the 30th year of our Employee Giving Program."
Since the company started the nonprofit fundraising
program in 1983, employees have donated more than $946 million. This year's funding recipients include Dream Corps, Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS), United Way of King County, Jolkona, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Art with Heart.