[Techtaffy Newsdesk]

Microsoft employees raised $100.5 million (inclusive of the company match) for more than 18,000 U.S.-based community organizations doing work in the U.S. and around the world last year. With this milestone, Microsoft employees have now raised more than $946 million for nonprofits and community organizations since the company’s giving program started in 1983.

Each year, every full-time employee at Microsoft in the U.S. receives a $12,000 corporate matching gift that matches volunteer time ($17 per hour) or dollar-for-dollar charitable contributions to eligible nonprofits.

Brad Smith (Executive vice president, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft): Last year, Microsoft U.S. employees broke their annual giving record, raising more than $100 million for community organizations.

Since 1983, Microsoft and its employees have provided more than $5.55 billion in cash, services and software to nonprofits around the world through localized, company-sponsored giving and volunteer campaigns.