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October 22, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Microsoft employees helped raise $112 million for nonprofits last fiscal year; total company giving topped $1 billion

Microsoft employees, with the help of the company match program, donated $112.2  million to 18,832 nonprofits worldwide in fiscal year 2014.

That’s up from $100.9 million in fiscal 2013 and $99.4 million in fiscal 2012, according to the company’s 2014 Citizenship Report, which was released this week.

In addition, the company’s total annual giving was $1.1 billion, exceeding the $1 billion mark for the first time. That includes cash donations of $119 million and donations of software and hardware worth $948.6 million to some 86,000 nonprofits worldwide. Those in-kind donations included $55 million worth of Office 365 subscriptions for 11,500 nonprofits in 74 countries.

Among other highlights in the report:

* Sixty-six percent of Microsoft’s U.S. employees participated in the Employee Giving Program. The program matches the amount U.S. employees give to nonprofits, up to $15,000 annually per employee. And when employees volunteer at least 4 hours in the community, Microsoft donates $17 per hour to the nonprofit. (Outside the U.S., employees can take up to three paid days off to volunteer.)

* Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative, intended to help young people worldwide gain new skills, education and training, has a goal of creating education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunites for 300 million young people by 2015. The company said it was on track to surpass that goal, having created opportunities for 227 million youth since 2012, including 124 million youth in fiscal 2014. In Washington state, the initiative plays out through partnerships with organizations such as City Year Seattle, Year Up Puget Sound, Junior Achievement Washington and the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship.

* The percentage of Microsoft senior executive women and minorities rose from 22 to 27 percent.

* The percentage of Microsoft’s U.S. minority employees was 39 percent in fiscal 2014, up from 36 percent in fiscal 2012 and 38 percent in fiscal 2013.

* The percentage of women in Microsoft’s global workforce jumped from 24 percent in fiscal 2012 and 2013 to 28 percent in fiscal 2014. (The fiscal 2014 figure includes employees from Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s phone business. Also, Microsoft recently released updated figures, showing that the percentage of women in its workforce was 29 percent as of Sept. 30.)

*The company also noted it reduced, reused, or recycled 99 percent of the waste from its Redmond campus’s dining facilities by switching to compostable tableware, administering aggressive recycling programs, and adapting its menu “to get the most from each item of food served.” The company also said it cut its energy use by up to 10 percent over the last two years on  its 125-building, 500-acre Redmond campus.


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