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Earlier today United Way presented U.S. Bank with the 2011 Spirit of America award recognizing the company and its employees’ commitment to improving the financial stability of individuals, families and local communities.
Microsoft, along with Bank of America, Procter & Gamble and Dominion Resources received Summit awards for volunteerism and measurable community impact.
Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way, presents Microsoft’s Kevin Espirito (on right) with the company’s Summit award earlier today.
Microsoft was awarded two Summit awards, one for the company’s generosity, and for innovative technology and software programs focused on improving education.
“Microsoft is maximizing all its resources, from financial to software to employee expertise, to improve education and help young people and communities,” said Brian Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way Worldwide. “Their innovation, creativity and commitment set them apart as a leader and exemplary corporate citizen that is taking measurable steps to create a brighter future for all of us.”
The awards recognized how the company and its employees also creatively leveraged technology and expertise to improve education by:
“At Microsoft, we have a long and proud partnership with United Way that goes back to our first formal community efforts in 1983,” commented Pamela Passman, Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs. “They are an important part of our commitment to helping create opportunities and solve local challenges in communities across the country and our partnership continues to grow. In 2010, Microsoft and its employees donated more than $14.3 million in cash, software, and in-kind contributions to United Way organizations worldwide, including $3 million in direct employee contributions, plus over 5,000 employees volunteered during the year. We look forward to continuing this valued partnership to help those in need across the United States.”
In addition to campaign donations, Microsoft employees got creative when it came to fundraising, with a companywide charitable auction plus creating and selling a book of original photography to benefit United Way. The tech giant also provided more than $1.7 million in software to the Mary M. Gates Learning Center at United Way Worldwide; the center was named after Bill Gates’ mother, a long-time United Way supporter and board member and is being used for global education and training.
You can find out more about the United Way’s Spirit of America awards here.