The idea of #GivingTuesday was started in New York three years ago and it is going global this year. Microsoft today announced that they will match donations on the site, up to $350,000, to create opportunities for young people around the world across a full spectrum of technology education. #GivingTuesday campaign has grown from 2,500 partners to 18,000 which includes corporations, mom-and-pop shops, nonprofits, churches, community centers and everything in between.
Microsoft was one of the first to sign on, Timms says. “Microsoft got involved when we had no idea what this could be. It was experimental, and Microsoft’s commitment sent a message to the corporate world about what it could be.”
Ken Ryals, senior director for Microsoft Citizenship, says the idea, and the way it celebrates generosity, seemed a natural extension of the company’s ethos and Microsoft’s Employee Giving Campaign. Still, he admits he was skeptical at first.
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