Microsoft pledges $1.25M in support for Haiti relief aid

Microsoft has confirmed it plans to make an initial commitment of $1.25 million to support the relief efforts in Haiti following a massive 7.0 (on the richter scale) earthquake on January 12.

The software giant is providing support via cash and in-kind contributions and said it will match US based employees donations up to $12,000. It also plans to assist the relief efforts in the following ways:

  • Disaster Response team - Microsoft's team is currently engaging with humanitarian relief organizations to assess how they can make a difference. The Disaster Response team plans how Microsoft's company, people and partners can be mobilized during issues such as Earthquakes - through outreach to lead government, inter-government and non-government agencies involved in leading local and global response efforts.
  • Working with impacted customers and partners to help get critical systems up and running.
  • Helping drive awareness and donations for relief efforts through MSN and Bing.
  • The NetHope Emergency Working Group was activated last night to set up the basic telecommunications communications between the relief agencies operating in the affected areas.
  • The NetHope Haiti Emergency Center (a secure Sharepoint application used by all of the NetHope members) is active and serves as a focal point for all reports, events, contact lists and collaboration.
The scale of destruction and death from this traggic incident is still not fully known. Reports suggest as many as 100,000 may have died as a result of the powerful Earthquake on Tuesday. The US government is sending 3,500 soldiers and 2,200 marines to help with relief efforts and many companies worldwide are also offering donations and aid. There are many ways to help, through donations of your time as a volunteer, and through financial contributions if you wish to do so. Both Neowin and Microsoft invite you to consider supporting the relief organizations who are working in Haiti:

American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/
Care: http://www.care.org
NetHope: http://www.nethope.org/
MercyCorps: http://www.mercycorps.org/
Save the Children: http://www.savethechildren.org/
Unicef: http://www.unicef.org
World Vision International: http://wvi.org/wvi/wviweb.nsf

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Good on Microsoft... But do they need a load of software licenses and media kits (the usual form of Microsoft's charitable donations). Unfortunately Haiti is a basket case, sitting just off the coast of what was the world's richest nation. First Haiti needs organization, something they've never had. Aid distribution will be very slow, and as effective as New Orleans after Katrina. My heart goes out to them, but there are 7 billion people on this planet, the UN (and Bill Gates) would like to see that reduced to 1 billion!

"Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind." - Thoreau. For those of you wanting to talk crap. America and this hemisphere owe a great debt to Haiti. Haiti fought Napoleon's Army to a stand still, not only winning their independence but making it possible for the United States to do The Louisiana Purchase which added fourteen states to the United States. Simon Bolivar who is sometimes called the George Washington of South America and during "his lowest hours, when he had nowhere else to turn for succor, Simon Bolivar twice landed on Haiti, and was on each occasion re-supplied, re-armed and rejuvenated. Without the aide Bolivar received from Haiti his quest for independence from Spain would have been a much prolonged, more bloody affair than it was." So you see we many of us today breathing free owe a great debt to that nation.

This is Microsoft in the spirit of Bill Gates.

Now lets see someone make something bad out of this.

Well done microsoft.

Very well done. It's nice when companies realise they have excess money that could be used for a better cause rather than to further themselves.

Thank you Microsoft. It certainly will make a positive impact on devastated Haiti. Hope their U.S. employees contribute and that $1.25 mil turns into an even bigger contribution.

I am donating the proceeds from my games for two days.

I will not post the link is because I'm not donating for publicity.

stevember said,
I am donating the proceeds from my games for two days.

I will not post the link is because I'm not donating for publicity.


Kudos to you as well for doing that. *high 5*

Kudos to Microsoft. Shows that some companies can come off of some green to support a very needed relief effort. Not to mention that this is truly golden positive PR for them. <-- Yes, you can call me a selfish prick for saying that, but let's face it: it's the truth LOL.

Linus doesn't own a public company so i could understand. But Steve Jobs is too busy being designing the next Jesus device... actually the iSlate will be the GOD SLATE...

That's quite a disgusting attitude to have when it comes to donations.

It's great that Microsoft is playing their part to help out, but don't use that as fanboy war fodder.

Exactly. Why should they donate...just as a means to good look next to Microsoft? Besides even if they were to donate something to charity theres hundreds of causes they could choose to support.

Smigit said,
Exactly. Why should they donate...just as a means to good look next to Microsoft? Besides even if they were to donate something to charity theres hundreds of causes they could choose to support.


What would be great if there was a competition war. If Apple out pays Microsoft, then Google out pays Apple. Then Microsoft will out pay everyone again, then apple, then Google then Microsoft again etc...

You know how much money this would raise to those people.. To me it would be a good thing.

Smigit said,
Exactly. Why should they donate...just as a means to good look next to Microsoft? Besides even if they were to donate something to charity theres hundreds of causes they could choose to support.

They should donate simply because they have waaaay more money than they need. Steve Jobs' work is worth a lot, but when some of his revenue can save peoples' lives he should really consider that option too

ev0| said,
Apple has announced it will send 100,000 iphones to replace the dead humans

Well good luck with those phones! Doubt ATT will cover them out there! =P

Steve Jobs parks in spots marked for handicapp folks.... because he is Steve Jobs.

You watch Steve Jobs and iStuff will save the day. ;-)

majortom1981 said,
People may hate microsoft but they donate a lot to charity. If yoir a non profit you can get free software from them

Aye we recently applied for someone and got ALL the latest software for nothing. Pretty impressive.

majortom1981 said,
People may hate microsoft but they donate a lot to charity. If yoir a non profit you can get free software from them

Yeah, Microsoft does do a lot. Good for them... A lot of other companies don't do anything like this, but the opinion seems to be mixed up... Companies that do nothing are perceived as doing much, but Microsoft, which does much is perceived as doing nothing... It's so confusing...

majortom1981 said,
People may hate microsoft but they donate a lot to charity. If yoir a non profit you can get free software from them

Cooperate charity is nice, but there's a portion done for the purpose of tax relief.

jstillion said,
Cooperate charity is nice, but there's a portion done for the purpose of tax relief.

That's why that rule is there. The tax break for charity etc. Sure it makes it sound less like a good thing when the rich people and biz do it BUT, the fact it's in place means they do it more than they would otherwise.

Why can't it be for both? I mean, why can't they pitch in and get a tax relief as well?

People automatically assume that tax reduction means you get all of what you donated back which isn't true either.

Americans are some of the most generous people in the world and that also includes our private sector.

There we go, I wish all big companies start doing what Microsoft does for many good causes in this world, come on EU. I know you are not a company, you are more powerful than a company.

The EU released €3 millions from it's emergency fund to Haiti. The country you should be complaining about is China, they've only donated $1 million which is better than nothing but less than Microsoft...

(snipped)

plus... it makes you wonder how much if that money ACTUALLY makes it to help people? (i just don't trust those "charity's" myself. i would want to see first hand where my money is going this way you could know FOR SURE if it's going where it should be instead of some random guy pocketing a little here and a little there until he shines up his new $100,000 sports car lol)

ThaCrip said,
plus... it makes you wonder how much if that money ACTUALLY makes it to help people? (i just don't trust those &quot;charity's&quot; myself. i would want to see first hand where my money is going this way you could know FOR SURE if it's going where it should be instead of some random guy pocketing a little here and a little there until he shines up his new $100,000 sports car lol)

Any non-profit has to answer this question by law. How many cents for each dollar (min) goes to the object of said charity / relief.

The easiest way to spot inefficient non-profits is when they call you for money, ask how many cents, and if there 10-30 cents... I tell them no thank you followed by "remove me from your list".