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Microsoft’s 2014 Matching Gift Program Enhancements

At Double the Donation, we love hearing about companies who enhance their employee giving programs (plus it’s one of the top ways we keep our database of matching gift companies fresh).

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And given that we’ve covered Microsoft multiple times (most recently when Microsoft employees broke through the $1 billion mark, inclusive of the company match) on our blog, it should come as no surprise that the company is once again leading the corporate philanthropy world with improved employee giving benefits. So what’s new this year?

Increased Matching Gift Maximum:

Up until this year Microsoft’s annual maximum for its employee matching gift program was a generous $12,000 per an individual. That is just one of the reasons we include the company on our list of employers with the best matching gift programs.

But to make it even better, in October Lisa Brummel, Chief People Officer at Microsoft, publicly announced that Microsoft is increasing its annual limit to $15,000 per individual (a 25% increase).

New Employee Grant:

Whether you’re a nonprofit raising money from employee matching gift programs or a corporate community relations manager trying to encourage employee participation, promoting employee matching gifts can be tough.

Raising awareness is perhaps the biggest challenge for both companies and nonprofits. So we’re excited to see Microsoft’s newest innovation in the corporate philanthropy space.

Along with the increased match limit, Microsoft is now providing new employees with $50 grants to allocate to a nonprofit of their choosing. It’s a great way to share Microsoft’s strong giving culture and helps employees familiarize themselves with the company’s online giving tools.

Click here to view more specifics about Microsoft’s employee giving programs (and test out our matching gift service).

Key Figures about Microsoft’s Giving Programs:

  • Since 1983, employees have donated over $1 billion, inclusive of the corporate match. And no that’s not a type. We meant BILLION.
  • Microsoft introduced its volunteer match program in 2005. Since then U.S. employees have volunteered and logged more than 2 million hours to causes which they care about.
  • And let’s not forget about the $25 per hour that Microsoft provides to nonprofits through its employee volunteer grant program.

Once again we’d like to thank Microsoft for doing such a great job of promoting a strong giving culture!

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Microsoft’s 2012 Matching Gift Figures Released — Another Record Breaking Year

Microsoft Employee Donation Programs

Today Microsoft released their 2012 matching gift figures which represents another record breaking year for the company. For the second year in a row, employee giving, combined with the company match, topped $100 million!

We previously covered Microsoft a few months ago when the company announced that over the last 30 years, Microsoft employees donated over $1 billion, inclusive of the company match.

Today, let’s dive into a few of Microsoft’s 2012 corporate giving achievements:

Fast Facts on Microsoft’s 2012 Employee Giving Program:

  • Microsoft employees raised more than $100 million for nonprofits two years in a row.
    • $105 million in 2012 and $100.5 million in 2011.
    • Donations went to nearly 19,000 unique nonprofit organizations.
  • Nearly two-thirds of Microsoft employees in the U.S. participated in the 2012 Employee Giving Program (approx. 37,000 employees).
    • 40 percent of participants donated more than 60 hours of their time or $1,000.
  • More than 2,700 employees, friends, and family participated in Microsoft’s traditional 5K Run/Walk and raised more than $300,000 in this event alone.

Overview of Microsoft’s Matching Gift and Volunteer Grant Programs:

Matching Gifts

Microsoft provides financial support to organizations which employees care about by matching employee donations to nearly all 501(c)(3) organizations.

Each employee is able to request up to $12,000 in matching funds annually from the company through an easy to use electronic submission process.

Volunteer Grants

Additionally, Microsoft provides grants to nonprofits where employees volunteer regularly. For every hour an employee volunteers, Microsoft will provide $25 to the organization.

Employees can log their hours and submit volunteer grants through an easy to use electronic submission process.

Click here for more details on Microsoft’s employee giving programs.

On behalf of all the nonprofits which have benefited from Microsoft’s matching gift and volunteer grant programs, thanks for being such a great leader in the corporate giving space!

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Breaking Through the Billion Dollar Milestone – Microsoft’s Employee Giving Programs

Microsoft Matches Employee Donations to Nonprofits

Earlier this year we recognized Microsoft on our Ranking of Top Corporate Giving Programs. Thus it came as no surprise when the company announced that over the last 30 years, Microsoft employees donated over $1 billion, inclusive of the company match. Yes, that number is correct. Contributions from Microsoft employees, combined with the company’s matching gift program, have resulted in more than $1 billion of charitable support for nonprofits around the world.

Microsoft’s Matching Gift Program:

Annual Giving from Microsoft's Employee Matching Gift and Volunteer Grant ProgramsIn 1983, eight years after Microsoft was founded, Bill Gates’ parents suggested the company create an employee matching gift program. Within the first year, approximately 200 employees participated by requesting a company match on their own donations. Ever since then, employee giving programs have grown into an integral part of the company’s charitable giving strategy.

Today Microsoft offers a dollar-for-dollar match to nearly any 501(c)(3) organization or school. The annual limit is $15,000 per employee every year. In the U.S., more than 35,000 employees (approximately 65%) of Microsoft’s U.S. workforce participate in either / both the employee matching gift and volunteer grant programs in a given year.

As you can see from the chart on the right, the impact of Microsoft’s employee giving programs continues to grow.

Click here for further details on Microsoft’s employee giving programs.

Microsoft’s Volunteer Grant Program

In 2005, Microsoft elected to expand the company’s employee giving program by instituting a Dollars for Doers Program. Employees who volunteer within their communities are eligible to request a grant from Microsoft for the organization where they volunteer. Currently Microsoft provides grants of $25 per hour, which can add up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars for organizations.

Since the program was created, U.S. employees have volunteered for over 2 million hours. In Microsoft’s 2012 fiscal year, more than 4,900 employees participated in the volunteer grant program by volunteering for 430,000 hours with local organizations.

Want to learn more about Microsoft’s overall corporate citizenship strategy? Take a look at its Corporate Citizenship report.

In the report the company outlines the other ways the company has donated an additional $5.5 billion in cash, services and software to nonprofits around the world.

Similar programs

If you work at a nonprofit looking to increase fundraising from corporate giving programs, employee matching gifts and volunteer grants are a great place to start. With over 65% of Fortune 500 companies matching employee donations and 40% offering volunteer grant programs, there’s money available for organizations willing to put in the time and effort.

Here are a few lists of national companies with these programs to get you started:

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