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February 8, 2012 at 7:12 AM

[Updated] Microsoft employees raise record $100.5 million for nonprofits

Microsoft employees, aided by the company’s match program, raised a record $100.5 million for more than 18,000 community organizations last year.

That topped 2010’s $96 million — the previous record.

Giving was up across the board in 2011, with more employees donating time and money than ever, according to a Microsoft News Center article. Employees donated 426,671 hours to community organizations worldwide last year.

Year-round, Microsoft matches its U.S. employees’ donations up to $12,000 a year and/or their volunteer time at $17 per hour up to $12,000 each year.

During last year’s Giving Campaign — the company’s annual, concentrated monthlong fundraising effort that takes place each October — more than 64 percent of employees gave either time or money. Including the company match, employees raised $55 million in October 2011’s Giving Campaign.

[Update 11 a.m.: In a note sent out to employees, the company said these organizations organizations received the most Microsoft employee donations in Washington state:

1) United Way of King County

2) World Vision International

3) Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation

4) Hopelink

5) Northwest Harvest

6) Asha for Education

7) KUOW

8) Humane Society for Seattle-King County

9) Overlake School

10) Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission]

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