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 Minneapolis 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 Mary Mathiowetz, Operations and Community Manager, who gives back to the Minneapolis community through her volunteer work with The Emily Program Foundation and the Junior League of Minneapolis. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post highlighting Mary’s admirable dedication to the local community.

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.