Microsoft employees set a new record last year for charitable giving.
The Redmond company announced today that its workers gave $125 million to non-profits and schools around the world last year, which is up 7 percent from 2014. Microsoft employees have given more than $100 million annually for six consecutive years now.
“These results show how, more than ever, Microsoft employees live our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more,” Mary Snapp, head of Microsoft Philanthropies, wrote in a blog post today.
Those that participated in Microsoft’s Employee Giving Program — 71 percent of the workforce, which was a new all-time high — donated to more than 18,000 non-profits and contributed more than 570,000 volunteer hours last year. In Washington, where Microsoft employs 42,000, workers donated $62 million to more than 4,000 non-profits.
Microsoft, which recently launched Microsoft Philanthropies, matches employee non-profit donations up to $15,000 per employee. Workers can also request a grant of $25 per every hour volunteered to be donated.
The company highlighted some examples of its employees giving their time to non-profits and charities in a Microsoft News story today.
In 2015, Microsoft launched a new Tech Talent for Good program that encourages its employees to get out into the community and offer their skills to non-profit organizations that could use a hand with technical problems. It also committed to donating $1 billion in Microsoft cloud services over the next three years to non-profits and university researchers.
When Microsoft launched its giving program in 1983, about 200 employees contributed $17,000 to non-profits — the company has certainly come a long way since then. It reached a $1 billion milestone for total money raised back in 2012.