At Microsoft, we believe in the power of our people, partners and technology to help accelerate change and make the world a better place.

October marks the 30th Microsoft Employee Giving Campaign and yesterday we were delighted to announce that since campaign began, employees in the U.S. have raised $1 billion in cash for more than 31,000 nonprofits and community organizations around the world.

The milestone was celebrated with employees and guests at our Redmond campus during a special town hall event which included CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Chairman and Founder Bill Gates and Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith.

This is truly a moment to celebrate - not just because Microsoft employees have raised a record amount of money – but because our nonprofit partners have put these funds to work to deliver life-changing services to hundreds of millions of people in the US and around the world.

As part of our overall commitment to corporate citizenship, Microsoft takes an active role in supporting and encouraging our employees to support their local communities, such as right here in Dallas, which is home to many of our employees.  

Our Giving Campaign is one of the world’s largest employee giving programs, fueled by the passion of employees such as Laura Tieken, a team member serving the Advertising and Online - Emerging Brands team, who dedicates her time to The Junior League of Dallas, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Tieken personally gives more than 60 hours of service each year and is presently dedicated to helping amplify the Junior Leagues brand within the Dallas community. She’s currently in year three of a ten year commitment to the Junior League and is excitedly looking forward to the next seven-plus years of service.

We’re so proud to do business here, and – just as importantly – we are honored to be an active participant in helping to solve the issues that people in this community care about. Microsoft was founded on the belief that people and technology can make a difference in the world and the annual employee Giving Campaign is a great example of how that belief comes to life, year-in and year-out.