At many companies, employees who leave aren’t exactly welcomed back with open arms. And certainly there have been some epic splits involving high-profile employees at Microsoft.

But in general, Microsoft is big enough (literally and figuratively) to think of them as “alumni.” There’s a network for former Microsoft employees, and a non-profit foundation, as well.

Now the Redmond company is launching a new push to get those alumni involved in its community volunteer initiatives — putting up some money to persuade former employees to join current Microsofties in the annual United Way of King County Day of Caring next month, on Sept. 16.

Microsoft says it will donate $100 to the Microsoft Alumni Foundation for every former employee who volunteers in a Day of Caring activity in King County. The money (up to $50,000 total) will be donated groups supported by the foundation.

Microsoft has an established program that supplies matching funds when its current employees volunteer, but it’s the first time the company has done this for its former employees. More info on the Microsoft Alumni Foundation site.

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  • Guest

    Kudos to Microsoft for showing that charity doesn’t end when your job does.

  • Guest

    Mmm – not sure if this is the most important activity where Microsoft’s effort should be channeled, but ok (would prefer an effort for the stock to go up instead)…

    • Guest

      Greedy & selfish. That’s the spirit.

      • Guest

        Dude, the company is supposed to render profit and make the shareholders happy (i.e. stock price go up), not to solve the world’s problems. If I invested in the company this is what I expect. For helping others, *you* should do it if you feel like – just don’t use investors’ money for it!

        • Guest

          They wasted $6 billion on aQuantive. More than $1 billion on Danger/Kin. And another $8.5 billion recently buying profitless Skype. They’re losing $3 billion a year on search. Firing Simon Witts this week is probably going to cost them several million in a package.

          Is $50K spent on this program really going to make much of a difference?

    • Guest

      With tablets and mobile eating into PC sales and MS having lost a decade head start in both due to arrogance and incompetence, don’t hold your breath on the stock price going up. It hasn’t for a decade when times were relatively good. I doubt it’s going to suddenly gain strength just as growth comes to an end.

  • Seattleanon

    Then again, most x-employees are actually thrown out of Microsoft, rather than leaving!

  • Guest

    It’s good that people volunteer for cahrities. But for the record, United Way is NOT a non-profit organiztion. In fact, it’s a large, well organized fraud. Whatever you do, don’t donate money to this organization – donate directly. Otherwise 80% of your dollar goes into their pockets (e.g. executive pockets).

    • jk

      Most of the activities no Day of Caring are actual labor.  So, United Way might organize the event, but very little money is going to them.  My group is painting at a low income shelter.

      • Guest

        Right. I’ll be volunteering at a non-profit, working on their computer system.

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