Microsoft employees can support the Campaign for the Allen School in a variety of ways:
- Through the October Giving Campaign, or at any time during the year.
- One-time, or regularly via payroll deduction.
- Via check, credit card, payroll deduction, or transfer of stock.
- Entirely through the Microsoft Giving internal website (http://give), or by donating directly to UW.
The procedures differ; we'll cover them all.
Microsoft will match your donation dollar-for-dollar (up to a total of $15,000 per employee per year) - the most generous matching program of any company. (If you give directly to UW, you must use the Microsoft Giving internal website to register for the match; if you give through the Microsoft Giving internal website the match happens automatically.)
The October Giving Campaign
This is when most alums at Microsoft give to the Allen School. It's easy (although the precise algorithm changes periodically - please inform us if you find glitches in what's below!):
- Go to the Microsoft Giving internal website: http://give.
- Choose "Match Now."
- In the "Find an Organization" box, enter "UW Computer Science & Engineering," and hit "Search."
- Click the "Add to Cart" button to the right of UW Computer Science & Engineering in the list of returned organizations.
- Click "Continue" to enter the details of your gift:
- You can choose credit card or payroll deduction. Or you can specify that you have given directly to UW, in which case this triggers the match.
- You specify an amount.
- Check the "Match" box - double your gift!
- In the "Purpose" field, identify the specific Allen School fund to which you directed your gift - use one of the boldfaced names from the list below.
- Confirm the gift.
(If you have trouble finding "UW Computer Science & Engineering," you can use "UW Foundation" and enter a boldfaced fund name from the list below in the "Purpose" field - it will be correctly routed.)
Specific Allen School funds to support
Here are the names of specific Allen School funds that are likely to be of particular interest to you. If you do the entire transaction through the Microsoft Giving internal website, enter the boldfaced text in the "Purpose" field. If you want to give directly, a link to the UW Foundation online giving page for each fund appears below:
- UW Computer Science & Engineering Annual Fund 64-1101. This fund is used by the Director of the Allen School to invest in initiatives that have the promise of significantly increasing the Allen School's innovativeness and competitiveness in any of its three critical missions of education, research, and service. To give directly, rather than via the Microsoft Giving internal website, go here.
- UW Computer Science & Engineering Endowment for Innovation and Leadership 99-6338. This is an endowed version of the Annual Fund. Gifts are invested in the UW Consolidated Endowment Fund. Each year, a percentage is available to the Allen School; appreciation beyond this amount is re-invested to grow the principal. To give directly, rather than via the Microsoft Giving internal website, go here.
- Microsoft Endowed Fellowship in Computer Science & Engineering 99-0288. A graduate fellowship created by Microsoft Corp. and Allen School alums at Microsoft. To give directly, rather than via the Microsoft Giving internal website, go here.
- Microsoft Endowed Scholarship in Computer Science & Engineering 99-0289. An undergraduate scholarship created by Microsoft Corp. and Allen School alums at Microsoft. To give directly, rather than via the Microsoft Giving internal website, go here.
If you give directly, be sure to use the Microsoft Giving internal website, http://give, to register for the match!
Giving at other times of the year
Same procedures as above. Payroll deduction is not available.
Making a gift via stock transfer
It's a bit more complicated, but there can be significant tax advantages if you have stock that has appreciated significantly. Additional information may be found here.
- All gifts to UW are routed through the University of Washington Foundation, which also processes the match. The University of Washington is a registered tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Federal Tax Code. Thus, your gift is tax-deductible, and is fully eligible for Microsoft's corporate match. UW's Federal EIN is 94-3079432 (technically this is the University of Washington Foundation).
- Complete information on the Microsoft Employee Giving Program is available on the Microsoft internal web at http://give/GiftMatch.asp.
For further information, please contact professor Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in the Paul G. Allen School, lazowska (at) cs.washington.edu, or Marzette Mondin, Director of Advancement in the Paul G. Allen School, marz (at) uw.edu.. Please also let Ed or Marzette know if you discover changes to this procedure!
Return to Campaign for the Allen School home page.