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October 5, 2011 at 6:30 AM

Microsoft says it gave nearly $1 billion to nonprofits last year

Microsoft’s U.S. employees volunteered more than 380,000 hours and the company contributed about $949 million worldwide in in-kind and cash support to nonprofits, Microsoft said in an official blog post Tuesday.

The blog post, which says the company has increased corporate charitable giving year-over-year since fiscal year 2008, features highlights from the Microsoft 2011 Citizenship Report. The report provides an overview of the company’s community involvement for the fiscal year ended June 30.

According to the report, less than 8 percent of its U.S. employees volunteered last fiscal year, while 63 percent donated to a nonprofit, contributing $44.5 million total. Microsoft, which has a match program for employees’ donations, gave $48.9 million through that program.

Of the $949 million worldwide the company gave, it appears most of it was in the form of in-kind donations. Microsoft donated more than $844 million in software to 46,886 nonprofits in 113 countries/regions, the report says.

There’s room for improvement in efforts to increase diversity in senior-level positions, with a focus on racial minorities in the U.S. and on women globally, the report says. Women made up 24 percent of Microsoft’s global workforce last fiscal year, while U.S. minorities made up 35 percent of its U.S. workforce. Women and U.S. minorities made up 35 percent of the company’s executive positions and 22 percent of the board.

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