Did you hear about our 35,500 employee philanthropists?

Did you hear about our 35,500 employee philanthropists?

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We share one the best part-time jobs in the world. As co-chairs of the annual Microsoft Giving Campaign, we get the opportunity to see firsthand how our colleagues bring passion, creativity and generosity to raise much needed funds for community organizations around the globe. In 2010, we raised an outstanding $96 million. We wondered if we could go higher in 2011 and we did, knowing our employees would rise to the challenge.

In 2011 Microsoft employees across the United States raised $100.5 million, which includes corporate matching. This marks our biggest year yet, and brings the total amount of money raised by employees to $946 million since our giving program started in 1983.

Each full-time, U.S. based Microsoft employee receives an annual $12,000 benefit that matches donations, dollar-for-dollar, to eligible nonprofits. In 2011, 35,500 employees donated to support more than 18,000 community organizations across the globe. If an employee wishes to volunteer their personal time, we honor that donation, too. Employee volunteer time is matched $17/hour to their chosen organization. In 2011, employees committed 426,671 hours which raised $7.2 million for nonprofits. That brings the total number of volunteering hours to 1.7 million hours since we started tracking in 2006.

While employee giving takes place throughout the year, October is a special month for our offices across the U.S. Over 50 percent of the fundraising takes place during that time. Every year we are amazed by the creativity demonstrated by Microsoft employees. From flocking a colleague’s office with pink flamingos; to running a 5K around the Microsoft campus or virtually around the world; to bidding on a coveted reserved parking space on campus through our online auction, it’s fun to watch it all happen.

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Our employees assist thousands of nonprofit organizations through their donations and volunteering. For example, Adnan Mahmud founded Jolkona, a micro-giving nonprofit that supports grassroots organizations and has over a dozen employee volunteers who committed over 2,000 hours to building the technology platform. And then there are employees like Toby Velte who volunteers at his daughter’s school via EduConnect and teaches students about careers in technology. Toby rallied a team of Microsoft parents to raise money to fund a PC lab in their school district to teach students programming via the Kodu Games Labs.

We are so proud to share these results on behalf of Microsoft employees across the US. This $100,000,000 milestone is due to the many volunteers across our organization that worked tirelessly to help make it happen. Motivating and encouraging all of us every step of the way. We want to thank them for their contribution in making 2011 the largest year of employee giving yet!

It is our privilege to work alongside so many people that care so deeply and give so generously.

 

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Kathleen Hogan

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S.Somasegar

Kathleen Hogan was co-chair of the 2011 Microsoft Giving Campaign and is Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Services

As corporate vice president of Microsoft Services, Kathleen Hogan leads a global team of more than 19,000 professionals who are dedicated to helping businesses and individual consumers maximize the value of their investment in Microsoft technologies. Under her leadership, Microsoft Services helps customers meet their business and personal objectives by effectively deploying and supporting Microsoft software and services.

S. Somasegar was co-chair of the 2011 Microsoft Giving Campaign and is Corporate Vice President, Developer Division

As corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft. Somasegar is responsible for engineering and marketing for developer tools and services, programming languages and runtimes designed for a broad base of software developers and development teams, including the Visual Studio and Expression families of products, .NET Framework, and Team Foundation Server. Somasegar also owns developer evangelism efforts spanning the full array of Microsoft platforms. His team also owns MSDN and TechNet online properties to enable a deep connection with the developer and IT professional audiences. In addition, Somasegar is responsible for the Server and Tools Business Global Development Centers in China, India and Israel and is the executive sponsor for the India Development Center and the Israel Research and Development Center for all of Microsoft.

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  • Just recently, Microsoft Singapore has helped to have fundraise close to SGD1.5K to support a Chinese New Year celebration activity with the elderly in the home. They have purchased raw materials for the orange making, mandarin oranges, tea snacks, pack red packets with a ‘luck’ ($6) to each elderly and even donate cooking oil, milo and condense milk to the home!

  • Respected Sir,

    My Name is P.Manimaran. I am 26 years old social worker from Thalayam pallam village in Thiruvannamalai district in Tamil Nadu, India. My father is a poor farmer who could give only basic needs for family of five. I studied till ninth standard only in govt. School and after that I was not allowed to go to school and I was also doing farming work. At the age of 16 , I decided to do some work which everybody will hesitate to do. That’s when I read about Great Mother Theresa and her work for which she got noble prize also. She was my inspiration and also Great Swamiji Vivekananda. I started in a small way by buying food packets to 15 people who were immobile. I earned this money by working in a small hotel for fifteen hours. My daily wage was Rs. 150/- only out of which I spent around Rs. 130 for charity. Later, I adopted 51 Leprosy patients in Thiruvannamalai. I am taking care of their basic needs like food, clothing , medicines expenses. I manage the money by pasting posters at night whenever pasting wall paper job is announced. This job fetches me Rs. 3 /poster. I would do this pasting job in the night and earn around Rs. 3000/-. Later, people became aware of my service and several regional news paper started writing about me. 45 articles have been published in various regional news papers, magazines and also telecasted in six TV channels. I was honoured for my social service to Leprosy Patients by ex-President of India Dr. Abdul Kalam six times . I request you to kindly have a look at our web site www.worldpeopleservicecentre.org I also serve the mentally challenged, old people and orphans. I also take up unclaimed bodies and do last rites. I have about 450 patients i.e., leprosy, mentally challenged,  old and destitute of the all over India and. After viewing my programme many students have volunteered to serve like me. At present there are 440 volunteers all over India.

    My motto is LOVE IS GOD AND GOD IS LOVE.

    Thanking You,      

                                                                                                                                                                              Yours sincerely,

    (P. Manimaran) 0919965656274 /0919740777880

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