Microsoft employees gave $105 million to charity in 2012

In October, Microsoft celebrated the efforts of its past and present employees who had donated a total of over $1 billion over the past 30 years to non-profit organizations. Today, the company announced that for the year 2012, its team members had donated a total of $105 million to charity.

In an email sent to Neowin, Microsoft said this was a new record for the company and was also the second straight year that donations from its employees had gone over the $100 million mark. 19,000 different nonprofit organizations benefited from the company's Employee Giving Program via cash donations, volunteer time and more.

37,000 Microsoft employees, or about two thirds of the company's workforce, participated in the Giving Program in 2012, and 40 percent of them donated over $1,000 or over 60 percent of their time. Microsoft's charity program in 2012 included the money raised by Microsoft's annual 5K Run/Walk event where 2,700 of the company's employees, friends, and family participated in that single event which raised $300,000.

Even when they leave Microsoft, a number of its ex-team members have launched their own non-profit groups; Microsoft said that over 150 such organizations have been formed by former Microsoft employees after leaving the company.

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I've been reading several tech sites for many years and I've noticed that in pretty much all the articles I read, there is this sense of disagreement whether valid, warranted, or otherwise with a heavy dose of skepticism and cynicism whenever there is something good written about a company. This gets amplified with the companies are Apple, Google, or Microsoft.

In this case, I don't quite understand the negativity of Microsoft employees who have made contributions to charity whether in cash or time. Does it matter if MS released the information? MS has been supporting/allowing employees to take time off from work to help support one's charities for decades. Regardless of your fanaticism or hatred for a tech company for whatever reason, what does that have to do with a company that support giving back to the community?

Please, do not reply with some insane comment about f how MS is just pawning off their charity work as some evil scheme as a publicity stunt (as someone has already stated) or put a magic spell on others to convert them to use their product. As TUSIHIMI commented, can't we just give create to MS and its employees for doing GOOD?

(I'm sure I'll get some snarky comment accusing me of being a paid MS shill - which I am not. But I guess that's what's expected when people comment behind a screen and keyboard.)

The issue is if there is something you hate... a corporation, a religion, a politician... whatever... you tend to ignore all the GOOD they do and focus in on anything you can grab that is negative about them. It seems to be a part of human nature. It also illustrates the divides you see on the internet regarding religion, politics, etc.

What I am trying to say if something is good, then it is good. It doesn't matter where it came from, good is good. Too much BAD is spread around, not enough good. I guess the old adages about gossip and bad news are true... they spread like wildfire. No one seems to be interested in anything good. They say "awww" and that's it. (Or they flip out and say something negative about something good).

37,000 people, and 105 Million means EACH one gave a contribution of $2837.84, or about $110 a pay, based on 26 pay cycle. I don't know how this is astounding at all, or people saying its PR... $110 off the paycheck of a MS employee every 2 weeks is not much. Grossing $100k is $3846 bi-weekly, after taxes and deduction its likely less than 5% of their income, and of course this is a tax break/deduction as well. Guess those speculating are the ones who can't do math and big numbers baffle them.

As I read further, 300k of that 105 million came from a charity run, and 60% donated a low amount (under $1000), and donating time was an option rather than physical cash... Seems its worded moreso for PR than reality.

Edited by srbeen, Feb 20 2013, 9:06pm :

1) not complaining, just stating the obvious that $100 a week from your pay isn't a lot, especially when you are working for Microsoft and not McDonalds. If anything im complaining because it should be 200 million...

2) I do have $100 deductions per pay towards a charity, is something wrong with that?

I'm just saying I know quite a few people who donate that much off their pay and aren't making 6 figures like most MS employees likely are. Most do it for the tax break. They rather give their money to a charity than the government.

To the folks below that support THAT kind of PR.

No, it's not worth. Sorry.
What makes diff is what Bill Gates do. He REALLY gives money and he REALLY do something meaningful.
This is CORPORATE PR, that NEOWIN.NET is paid by MS PR and promotes.
THAT is what I'm against - against corporate bull****.

This may be a PR stunt... it may be the truth... Who are you to say they are lying???
If this is a lie or the truth, do you get some kind of bonus check for calling it out?
People really get butt hurt when a company does or doesn't do something....
Even if the money does or doesn't add up to that amount....
WHo cares... They still donated gave from their heart... they werent forced to...

Question is; what have you done?

I do at least three 10k/half marathons a year, does that count? Then their volunteer time and participation in charity events count as well.

Ok that's it, i've been reading all this stuff for awhile now and been quiet about it. Bill Gates is a F**king eugenist his charity spreads gmo all over the world to KILL you. time to WAKE UP sheep, in your water food, cosmetics. And even spy on us with our beloved electronics.

if you don't know what I mean then search alex jones

Alex Jones? That guy probably thinks his own life is a giant conspiracy. You have to be a lunatic to believe 99% of the crap he writes.

Outside of conspiracy theories and BS. Fact: Bill Gates is a main shareholder of Monsanto.

How evil is that?, really evil.

And where's the proof of that? I did a google search and all I could find was a bunch of conspiracy sites.

There's nothing inherently evil about GMOs. Monsanto's business practices are questionable on the other hand, but that can be said about almost every corporation. If they see a legal gap in the market they're going to exploit it as much as can.

I thought neowinians were ignorant but this is worse than I thought,these quotes sum up my ideas

George Orwell:During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.

thomas jefferson:When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.

thomas jefferson:The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

tj:My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. (Or the US)

JFK:Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

also the federal reserve is private, so that money in your account doesn't belong to you if they want it that way:)

george orwell:What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?

And you truly are a sheep you bahaha and everything.

PR stunt is PR stunt. Not like anything came out of anyone's paycheck. After leaving the design of Metro to honey booboo they had their days free.

And if you think they didn't take a deduction on every dime you're delusional.

Edited by Darrah Ford, Feb 21 2013, 1:51am :