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 County, World Vision, Northwest Harvest, Hopelink, Doctors 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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