For the second year in a row, Microsoft employees eclipsed the $100 million mark in charitable donations, raising $105 million for nearly 19,000 nonprofit organizations.

The announcement comes nearly four months after the Redmond software giant brought in Bill Gates to help celebrate raising $1 billion in cash since 1983 for approximately 31,000 nonprofits and community organizations worldwide.

Nearly two-thirds of Microsoft employees — about 37,000 of them — in the U.S. participated in the 2012 Employee Giving Program. Organizations that received the most cash donations in 2012 included: United Way of King CountyWorld VisionNorthwest HarvestHopelinkDoctors Without Borders, and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Microsoft touts that employee giving is a key reason why young employees choose to work for the company.

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  • Marcelo Calbucci

    I think you are missing some zeroes. It’s 100,000,000, not 100,000. :)

    Yes, that’s a lot of zeroes. Exceptional milestone.

    • Taylor Soper

      Thanks Marcelo! Definitely a lot more than $100,000 :) I fixed it and thanks again for noticing that.

  • Guest

    Kudos to Microsoft! Their many thousands of generous employees set a very positive example for all moneyed persons to follow.

  • Mark D. Walters – GC To Go

    Microsoft and its generous employees are a tremendos asset to our community. Bravo!

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