Microsoft Donates $2.7 Million to Seattle-Area Nonprofits

Spring 2001 Grants Support Variety of Local Organizations



Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    REDMOND, Wash., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT)
 President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Belluzzo today announced a series
 of grants that will bolster the efforts of 15 nonprofit organizations in the
 Puget Sound region. Among the recipients are the Corporate Council for the
 Arts, the Seattle Center Foundation's McCaw Hall Campaign, Senior Services of
 Seattle-King County and the YWCA of Seattle, King County and Snohomish County.
 Microsoft's donations will support a variety of projects that will help to
 build community and strengthen services provided by local nonprofit agencies,
 including a much-needed renovation of the 1927 Seattle Center Opera House and
 the opening of five new YWCA facilities to help meet the ever-increasing
 demand for services.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     This most recent round of grants, totaling more than $2.7 million in cash
 and software, underscores Microsoft's long-standing commitment to the Puget
 Sound region. Over the past three years, Microsoft has made 2,600 grants to
 Seattle-area nonprofits totaling over $60 million in cash and software.
      "Microsoft is proud to have been involved in the Seattle-area community
 for over 20 years," Belluzzo said. "In Seattle, as well as in our many
 locations across the country, we strive to be a good corporate citizen by
 participating actively in the communities where our employees live and work."
     "With the help of Microsoft, we will be able to transform this aging
 facility into a magnificent performance hall for the whole community to
 enjoy," said Tracy Robinson, executive director, Seattle Center Foundation.
 "We are grateful to have such a generous contributor in our community and look
 forward to bringing many seasons of first-class performances to Puget Sound
 residents."
     The YWCA, too, will use its donation to enhance its current community
 programs and services.
     "Our organization currently serves 35,000 people in 32 locations, and by
 2002 we expect to serve as many as 45,000 people," said Rita Ryder, executive
 director, YWCA of Seattle, King County and Snohomish County. "Microsoft's
 contribution will help to ensure that we meet the growing needs of our
 community."
     Other recipients of the spring grants are the Anti-Defamation League, the
 Cybercamps Foundation, Federal Way Youth and Family Services, the Fremont
 Public Association, Long Live the Kings, Northwest Ecosystem Alliance, NPower,
 Puget Sound Neighborhood Health Centers, the Seattle Emergency Housing
 Service, the Technology Access Foundation, the Washington Early Learning
 Foundation, and the YMCA of Greater Seattle.
 
     About Microsoft Community Affairs
     Community Affairs manages and administers Microsoft's corporate
 philanthropy programs. Microsoft and its employees long have recognized the
 importance of the communities in which they work and live and since 1983 have
 been high-tech industry leaders in making contributions. Through its giving,
 Microsoft is committed to empowering people to discover and create a better
 future. Last year, Microsoft gave more than $34.3 million in cash and
 $200 million in software to nearly 5,000 nonprofit organizations to enrich
 people's lives through advanced technology access, to strengthen nonprofits
 through technology, to expand and diversify the technology work force, and to
 build vibrant communities. The company also supports its employees' acts of
 giving by matching, dollar for dollar, employee charitable contributions to
 nonprofit organizations up to $12,000 per employee annually. More than
 20,000 Microsoft employees participate in the program. More information on the
 Microsoft Giving Program is located at http://www.microsoft.com/giving/.
 
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
     NOTE:  Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the
 United States and/or other countries.
 The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.
    REDMOND, Wash., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT)
 President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Belluzzo today announced a series
 of grants that will bolster the efforts of 15 nonprofit organizations in the
 Puget Sound region. Among the recipients are the Corporate Council for the
 Arts, the Seattle Center Foundation's McCaw Hall Campaign, Senior Services of
 Seattle-King County and the YWCA of Seattle, King County and Snohomish County.
 Microsoft's donations will support a variety of projects that will help to
 build community and strengthen services provided by local nonprofit agencies,
 including a much-needed renovation of the 1927 Seattle Center Opera House and
 the opening of five new YWCA facilities to help meet the ever-increasing
 demand for services.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO )
     This most recent round of grants, totaling more than $2.7 million in cash
 and software, underscores Microsoft's long-standing commitment to the Puget
 Sound region. Over the past three years, Microsoft has made 2,600 grants to
 Seattle-area nonprofits totaling over $60 million in cash and software.
      "Microsoft is proud to have been involved in the Seattle-area community
 for over 20 years," Belluzzo said. "In Seattle, as well as in our many
 locations across the country, we strive to be a good corporate citizen by
 participating actively in the communities where our employees live and work."
     "With the help of Microsoft, we will be able to transform this aging
 facility into a magnificent performance hall for the whole community to
 enjoy," said Tracy Robinson, executive director, Seattle Center Foundation.
 "We are grateful to have such a generous contributor in our community and look
 forward to bringing many seasons of first-class performances to Puget Sound
 residents."
     The YWCA, too, will use its donation to enhance its current community
 programs and services.
     "Our organization currently serves 35,000 people in 32 locations, and by
 2002 we expect to serve as many as 45,000 people," said Rita Ryder, executive
 director, YWCA of Seattle, King County and Snohomish County. "Microsoft's
 contribution will help to ensure that we meet the growing needs of our
 community."
     Other recipients of the spring grants are the Anti-Defamation League, the
 Cybercamps Foundation, Federal Way Youth and Family Services, the Fremont
 Public Association, Long Live the Kings, Northwest Ecosystem Alliance, NPower,
 Puget Sound Neighborhood Health Centers, the Seattle Emergency Housing
 Service, the Technology Access Foundation, the Washington Early Learning
 Foundation, and the YMCA of Greater Seattle.
 
     About Microsoft Community Affairs
     Community Affairs manages and administers Microsoft's corporate
 philanthropy programs. Microsoft and its employees long have recognized the
 importance of the communities in which they work and live and since 1983 have
 been high-tech industry leaders in making contributions. Through its giving,
 Microsoft is committed to empowering people to discover and create a better
 future. Last year, Microsoft gave more than $34.3 million in cash and
 $200 million in software to nearly 5,000 nonprofit organizations to enrich
 people's lives through advanced technology access, to strengthen nonprofits
 through technology, to expand and diversify the technology work force, and to
 build vibrant communities. The company also supports its employees' acts of
 giving by matching, dollar for dollar, employee charitable contributions to
 nonprofit organizations up to $12,000 per employee annually. More than
 20,000 Microsoft employees participate in the program. More information on the
 Microsoft Giving Program is located at http://www.microsoft.com/giving/.
 
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
     NOTE:  Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the
 United States and/or other countries.
 The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the
 trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Microsoft Corp.

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