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October 7, 2013 at 2:15 PM
Microsoft employees raised $101 million for nonprofits last fiscal year
Microsoft employees, with the help of the company match program, donated $100.9 million to some 18,000 nonprofits worldwide in fiscal year 2013.
That’s according to the company’s annual Citizenship Report, which says that with the amount donated this past fiscal year, Microsoft employees and the company match program have cumulatively given $1 billion to more than 31,000 nonprofits since 1983.
In addition, Microsoft donated about $795 million worth of software to more than 70,000 organizations worldwide — a rate of about $2 million a day, according to the company.
The amount given by employees (with the help of the company match) was higher than the $99.8 million donated in fiscal year 2012.
The amount Microsoft donated in software was lower than the $804 million donated to 62,000 nonprofits in fiscal year 2012. But the company’s total cash and software donations, which amounted to $907 million in fiscal year 2013, was higher than the $904 million donated in fiscal year 2012.
Among other highlights in the report:
- Microsoft employees contributed a total of 430,000 volunteer hours.
- Microsoft launched a new program last year called YouthSpark, intended to help young people gain new skills, education and training. Microsoft reports that in its first year, 103 million young people worldwide were served by the program, with 186 nonprofits receiving YouthSpark grants.
- The company said it met its goal of carbon neutrality in part by establishing internal carbon fees in which the carbon impact of each business group is measured — including its use of electricity and air travel — and each group assessed a fee. That fee goes into a Microsoft carbon fund designed to offset the company’s carbon footprint. The fees help fund renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects.
- The percentage of Microsoft’s U.S. minority employees rose from 36 percent in fiscal year 2012 to 38 percent in fiscal year 2013.
- The percentage of women in Microsoft’s global workforce remained flat at 24 percent between fiscal years 2012 and 2013. The number of worldwide women and U.S. minorities in executive positions went from 35 to 36.
Information in this article, originally published Oct. 7, 2013, was corrected later that day. A previous version of this story incorrectly compared the software-only donation amount given by the company in fiscal year 2013 with the software-plus-cash donation amount given in fiscal year 2012.