Each October, Microsoft’s U.S. employees participate in the Employee Giving Campaign, a monthlong series of events in which they focus on raising money for a variety of nonprofits.
This year, for the first time, the Giving Campaign auction raised more than $1 million.
Among the top-billed items for this year’s auction was a private concert by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder. Vedder’s benefit concert, held last Thursday on campus for 90 employees, raised money for research into epidermylosis bullosa (EB), a rare genetic skin disorder affecting thousands of children.
Other notable auction items included lunch with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, a Macklemore and Ryan Lewis gift basket, and a private visit to Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest.
Microsoft 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.
The main beneficiaries of the money raised through the Giving Campaign auction this year included EB Research Partnership, United Way of King County and the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship.