Microsoft employees can support the Campaign for CSE 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 UW CSE. It's easy (although the precise algorithm changes periodically - please inform us if you find glitches in what's below!):

  1. Go to the Microsoft Giving internal website: http://give.
  2. Choose "Match Now."
  3. In the "Find an Organization" box, enter "UW CSE" or"UW Computer Science & Engineering," and hit "Search."
  4. Click the "Add to Cart" button to the right of UW CSE (or UW Computer Science & Engineering)in the list of returned organizations.
  5. 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 CSE fund to which you directed your gift - use one of the boldfaced names from the list below.
  6. Confirm the gift.

(If you have trouble finding "UW CSE" or"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 CSE funds to support

Here are the names of specific CSE 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:

  • CSE2 Building Project 65-7100. We are in the midst of assembling a public/private partnership to build a second building that will allow us to double our enrollment. Microsoft President Brad Smith leads our campaign committee; at our June 2015 graduation ceremony Brad announced a $10 million commitment to the project by Microsoft. Learn more here.
  • UW Computer Science & Engineering Annual Fund 64-1101. This fund is used by the CSE Chair to invest in initiatives that have the promise of significantly increasing UW CSE'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 CSE; 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 UW CSE 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 UW CSE 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.

Additional information

  • 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.

Thank you!

For further information, please contact Ed Lazowska (lazowska at cs.washington.edu). Please also let Ed know if you discover changes to this procedure!

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