Today is #GivingTuesday — a day dedicated to giving back.
As part of that, Microsoft Stores are giving people who purchase anything in the store a $25 donation gift card for the purchaser to give to any of the organizations on the GlobalGiving.org/YouthSpark/Heroes list.
Earlier today, Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative had offered to match any donations given those organizations on the list. The matching funds quickly ran out, helping raise raise a total of more than $633,000 as of mid-day today ($388,000 donated plus $250,000 in Microsoft’s matching funds.)
YouthSpark is Microsoft’s global initiative to combat the opportunity gap for young people. It’s working with hundreds of nonprofits worldwide to create opportunities such as education, employment and entrepreneurship for youths.
Giving Tuesday, a campaign that aims to make the Tuesday after Thanksgiving a national day of giving, was started at New York City’s 92nd Street Y. The United Nations Foundation, as well as a number of corporations and nonprofits, have since joined as partners.