Top 100 Computer Companies
Microsoft Wins United Way's
Spirit of America Award
CINCINATTI, Ohio - April 15, 1999 - The United Way of America has honored
Microsoft with its highest national tribute, the Spirit of America award. The prestigious
award is presented to a single American business each year that exceeds all others in
community involvement. Companies are judged in four categories: Employee Giving Campaign,
Volunteer Programs, Corporate Contributions, and Major Gifts.
"This award is a tremendous honor for Microsoft," said Microsoft Chairman and
CEO Bill Gates. "United Way has been a part of our company giving from Microsoft's
earliest days. Communities across the United States are better and stronger because of the
support they receive from the United Way, and I'm proud that our employees help continue
that tradition with generous contributions and volunteer time."
"Earning the Spirit of America Award is a just tribute to the generosity and
compassion demonstrated by Microsoft Corporation and its people," said United Way of
America President Betty Beene.
Building on the company's tradition of giving, Microsoft employees donated more than
$6.5 million during last fall's two-month-long giving campaign. Combined with matching
corporate gifts up to $12,000 per employee, the total amount raised exceeded $12 million.
The United Way is a primary beneficiary of all donations raised during the annual giving
Microsoft also supports employees taking an active role in the community through
volunteerism. The Microsoft Volunteer Program (MVP) supports grassroots volunteer efforts
made by employees as well as provides information and referral for on-going community
volunteerism. Microsoft Program Manager Clyde Rodriguez has been a volunteer and member of
the board of directors of First Place, a nonprofit school in Seattle that serves homeless
children, for one year.
"The experience of working with First Place has been incredibly rewarding,"
said Rodriguez. "I can't really put into words how special it's been to work in an
organization that serves such a special population."
Emily Hine, Microsoft Giving Campaign and Volunteer Program Manager sums it up: "I
think sometimes, when people think of Microsoft, they think of a big corporation. But in
reality, there are thousands of individual employees behind that logo who make a huge
impact in all of the communities where we live and work."
In addition to the Spirit of America award, the United Way also presented Summit awards
to six companies in recognition of their contribution in specific categories of United Way
support. This year's Summit award winners were the Chase Manhattan Corporation,
Daimler-Chrysler Corporation, Fluor Corporation, Merck & Company, United Technologies
Corporation, and Warner-Lambert Company.