Microsoft Awards More Than $49,000 to North Carolina Nonprofits, Bringing Total Year-End Giving for North Carolina to More Than $4 million

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 5, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the distribution of the summer 2002 Technology Enriched Community (TEC) grants, totaling more than $30,000 in cash and $19,000 worth of software, and bolstering the efforts of two key nonprofit organizations in North Carolina. In addition, the company released its fiscal year-end giving numbers (June 2001 to June 2002), which total more than $4 million in cash and software for North Carolina nonprofits. Microsoft donations support a variety of projects that are helping to build community and strengthen services provided by local nonprofit agencies.

The most recent round of Technology Enriched Community grants further underscores Microsoft’s long-standing commitment to the state of North Carolina and will enable nonprofit organizations such as The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club and Rowan Helping Ministries to expand critical technology access and training to program participants and enhance their technology infrastructure to streamline organizational operations.

“In the current economic slowdown, nonprofits are expected to serve more communities with increasingly limited resources and funds,”
said Major Robert Stutts, area commander of the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Greater Charlotte.
“The Technology Enrichment Community grant, in combination with Microsoft’s giving over the past year, has enabled us as well as other nonprofits throughout North Carolina to provide much-needed services to underserved communities.”

“Microsoft is delighted to help nonprofit organizations in North Carolina increase access to technology and offer enhanced services to their constituents,”
said Bruce Brooks, director of community affairs at Microsoft.
“Microsoft believes that technology can help people achieve their goals today and in the future, and, through our corporate giving, we are committed to providing underserved communities with the resources they need to generate opportunity.”

Since the Technology Enriched Community program began in 1996, a total of 207 TEC grants have been awarded to 194 nonprofit organizations nationwide, for a total in donations of more than $2.84 million in cash and $9.33 million worth of software. Supporting Microsoft’s goal to give back to the communities in which employees live and work, TEC grants are made through the company’s U.S. field offices and are regional in scope. They are designed to enhance learning and communications in disadvantaged communities by expanding access to information technology. Projects range from technology centers in or near public housing to support for the local chapters of national organizations.

In 1983, Microsoft established one of the first philanthropic efforts in the high-tech industry. Today, Microsoft Community Affairs’ Giving program is aimed at providing underserved communities with the resources they need to help realize their full potential. The program supports innovative programs and projects that enhance technology access, strengthen nonprofits through technology, diversify the technology work force and help build community. In the fiscal year 2001–2002, Microsoft Community Affairs gave more than $39.9 million in cash and $207 million in software to more than 5,000 nonprofit organizations. In addition, Community Affairs’ Employee Giving program supports individual acts of giving and the organizations that inspire them by matching, dollar-for-dollar, employee charitable contributions up to $12,000 per employee annually. More information on Microsoft Community Affairs can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/giving/ .

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