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                                  MICROSOFT EMPLOYEE GIVING PROGRAM
                                                PROGRAM GUIDELINES

   The easiest way to donate to the nonprofit organization of your choice is by visiting http://give and using the
    online Employee Giving Tool
   All US based Microsoft employees who have been employed full time for at least 6 months are eligible to make
    donations through the employee giving programs and have their gifts matched by Microsoft
   Donations of full packaged product purchased at the company store or company store online can only be
    matched with cash
   Employees can ensure that the nonprofit of their choice has the most up to date software and licenses by
    donating cash and having it matched through Microsoft’s Open License software licensing program


Microsoft believes in supporting our employees’ acts of giving and the organizations that inspire them by matching
dollar-for-dollar up to $12,000 per year per employee donations of cash, stock and/or product to eligible

Eligible Employees
All U.S.-based Microsoft employees who have worked for Microsoft for at least 6 months are eligible to participate in
the Microsoft Employee Giving Program. Interns, co-ops, temporaries, vendors, contractors and international
employees are not eligible to participate in this program.

Matching Limits
Microsoft will match up to $12,000 per calendar year in contributions you make to eligible charitable organizations or
educational institutions. The $12,000 limit encompasses both the Employee Giving Campaign and the Matching
Gifts Program. Gifts must have been made by the employee within the last 12 months in order to qualify for a
matching gift. Microsoft will match donations of cash, personal checks, credit cards, stock, or Microsoft products
(software, hardware, games or MS Press titles). Contributions by eligible employees must be made as personal gifts
of $25 or more, and the contributions must be actually paid, not merely pledged before they are matched. Matching
Gift requests which are less than $25 will be returned to the employee.

Eligible Organizations and Institutions
Microsoft’s Employee Giving Program is designed to honor the diversity of employee giving at Microsoft by
supporting a broad spectrum of organizations and institutions. Microsoft will process and match employee gifts to
all eligible domestic charitable organizations with a U.S. Department of Treasury 501(c)(3) public charity status and
educational institutions. In addition, public libraries and governmental programs will be considered.

Educational institutions that qualify to receive a matching gift from Microsoft are private and public degree-granting
colleges and universities, two-year colleges, graduate and professional schools, technical and specialized schools,
seminaries and theological schools, publicly and privately supported primary and secondary schools. Microsoft will
also match gifts to tax-exempt alumni funds, foundations, and associations whose exclusive purpose is the support
of one of these educational institutions. Parent Teacher Associations (PTA), recognized by the IRS as tax exempt
under section 501(c)(3), are also eligible. Please note: Only charitable contributions to these institutions are eligible

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for matching gift. Tuition payments cannot be matched through this program. The Matching Gift Program will verify
with the institution that your donation was not for tuition purposes.

Funding Federations with a 501(c)(3) public charity status, such as United Way, that provides financial support and
advocacy for a group of member non-profit organizations are also eligible to receive a matching gift from Microsoft.

Community Foundations with a 501(c)(3) public charity status must provide a mission statement, as well as a letter
indicating that Microsoft matching funds will be distributed according to Microsoft guidelines, to be considered for
matching. Please contact for specific instructions.

Microsoft does not match gifts to private foundations, charitable gift funds, political organizations, or
religious organizations. Microsoft will only process and match employee gifts to religious organizations when the
gift is designated to an ongoing secular community service program sponsored by these organizations which is
open to all persons and does not propagate a belief in a specific faith. These programs must have a formal mission
and separate program budget. Further, the benefits of this gift must not be limited exclusively to the organization’s
members. Some examples of these types of programs are homelessness projects, food banks, shelters, and
literacy programs which may be operated by a religious institution.


Giving Campaign: All eligible gifts made through the annual Giving Campaign at http://give are automatically
matched to the organization(s) the employee chooses, unless the employee requests that the gift not be matched.
No employee action is needed to activate the Microsoft Matching Gift portion. During the giving campaign,
employees can make gifts via cash, check, credit card, payroll deduction and stock. Product donations are not
eligible for this program. All eligible employee donations are matched with cash. All gifts are matched at the end of
the quarter in which they were received. Cash and stock gifts must be received by the dates indicated below.

Matching Gifts Program: The easiest way to match a gift is by going to the website and using the web-based tool
located at http://give. Your donation can be made with cash, check, credit card, stock or product and matched by
either cash or Microsoft Open License software licensing program. Your matching gift request must include the
recipient agencies name and contact information (shipping address, email address and phone number) as well as
your complete request. Partial requests cannot be accepted, so please be prepared with all appropriate information.
Employees may choose of the following gift scenarios via the website:

Giving Option                 Microsoft Employee Donates:                    Microsoft Matches With:
     #1             Cash (cash, check or credit card)                    Cash
     #2             Cash (cash, check or credit card)                    Open License software licensing
     #3             Product (fully packaged software, hardware, MS       Cash
                    Press or games) purchased at the company store
                    in person or online.
       #4           Stock                                                Cash

Once the request for a match is made via the web, our fiscal agent – the JK Group – will contact your recipient
agency to verify receipt of your donation. Once confirmed, the Microsoft matching portion of your gift will be
activated. Cash and stock matches are distributed at the end of each quarter - January, April, July, and October.
Product matches are submitted through an internal order tool which will notify you and your recipient agency of their
gift within one week of approval. The recipient agency should receive their license information and appropriate
media within 2-4 weeks initially, with this time being reduced as we work through bugs in our new system.
Additional information and a tutorial for this program is available by visiting http://give.

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Gifts of Stock

Giving Campaign: If you wish to donate stock through the Giving Campaign, you are requested to read instructions
about this process at http://givingcampaign/GiveOptions.asp . Microsoft will match gifts of all securities having a
quoted market value and will match the dollar value of the stock at its fair market price on the date that the actual
transfer of stock from you to the organization or institution occurs. When you donate stock through the campaign,
the employee must transfer shares to the Community Foundation of New Jersey’s (CFNJ) Fidelity account which is
then liquidated, transferred to the JK Group and then distributed according to your Giving Campaign pledge
instructions.. The CFNJ acts as the legal non-profit recipient of the donation for your tax benefit and only acts as a
conduit for the transfer of funds. The CFNK does not receive any portion of your gift and does not charge the donor
any fee for this transaction. However, because they are the legal 501(c)3 non-profit organization, you will receive
any tax substantiation communications (if needed) from them.

Matching Gifts Program: To donate stock through the Matching Gifts Program, please visit our website at
http://give. Microsoft will match gifts of all securities having a quoted market value and will match the dollar value of
the stock at its fair market price on the date that the actual transfer of stock from you to the organization or
institution occurs. When you donate stock through the Matching Gifts Program, the employee must transfer the
stock gift directly to the recipient agency of the employee’s choice – unlike the Giving Campaign. Please contact
Employee Stock Services or your broker for stock transfer procedures and to determine the fair market value on the
date of transfer. Please indicate on the matching form the number of shares donated, the date of transfer, and the
fair market value of the stock. If this information is missing, the request is not able to be processed, resulting in a
delay in matching. Microsoft will match your gift of stock with cash.

Gifts of Product

Giving Campaign: The Giving Campaign accepts gifts of cash via check, credit card, and payroll deduction gifts,
but does not accommodate gifts of product or matches of product.

Matching Gifts Program: If you choose to donate Microsoft products, you can utilize of the following product
    1) Donate cash and match with product (Microsoft Open License software)
    2) Purchase product at the company store in person or online (Fully Packaged Product, Hardware, MS Press
        and Games) and match with cash

Scenario #1: Donate cash and match with Microsoft Open Licenses
Employees can donate cash to the nonprofit of their choice and have their donation matched with product through
Microsoft’s Open License program. Community Affairs has moved their software donation program from the old
system of Corporate Giving Licenses (CGL’s) to the new, worldwide licensing program to make donations easier for
employees to make and nonprofits to use and track.

Employees can match their cash donations with the desired product licenses at $5 per license. Software media
(disks) will accompany licenses that require media, and will be designated on the donation tool if media
accompanies the licenses. If a nonprofit requires replacement media for damaged disks, they can contact
Microsoft’s World Wide Fulfillment by calling 1-800-248-0655. Each set of replacement media is $27.00.

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Please visit our website at http://give for a tutorial on how this process works and to make a donation and have it
matched with Open License.

Scenario #2: Donate product (Fully Packaged Product, Hardware, MS Press and Games); Match with Cash
Employees can purchase software, Xbox games, MS Press title and hardware from the company store (on-line or in
person) for donations purposes and request Microsoft to match their gift with cash (no product matching). The
value of your product donation is based solely on the employee prices and does not include sales tax or shipping
costs. All product purchased for donation purposes will not be counted towards your personal company store limit of
$1000 per year, once the donation has been verified but company store limits as to the number of products
purchased at one time will apply. Additional information about this donation option is available at http://give.

If you wish to purchase product for donation, the following requirements must be met:
      Recipient is an eligible 501(c)3 non-profit agency
      You are a regular Microsoft employee with a Microsoft employee history of at least 6 months
      Software is intended for the sole use by the recipient non-profit and cannot be resold, with the exception of
          auction donations.
If you want Microsoft to match your donation (with cash as stated above), the following requirements must be met:
      Recipient is an eligible 501(c)3 non profit agency
      You are a regular Microsoft employee with a Microsoft employee history of at least 6 months
      You have not exceeded your annual $12,000 matching gift limit
      Proof of purchase (receipt) is required if purchased in the Microsoft store
      Employee product donation is at least $25.00 (if the product value is less than $25.00, please write an
          additional check bringing the total gift to $25.00)

***Please base the value of the product on the employee price and do not include sales tax or shipping when
determining the total value of the products. If you donate product and would like Microsoft to match with a check,
please donate a product with an employee price of $25 or more, or add a check to bring the total gift to the $25
minimum. Please use separate forms when making product and cash donations. Product information can be found
at http://infoweb/MSProducts/default.htm?s=12
      Employee Price can be found:
            Browsing the On-Line Company Store Application
            By e-mailing MS-Store
            In person at the Company Store

To have a product donation matched, purchase the products you are donating from the Company Store. Visit
http://give and follow the instructions on requesting a cash match for a product donation. You will be asked to either
email or fax a copy of your Company Store receipt to the JK Group at or . The Company
Store will ship your personal purchase of product directly to the recipient agency, if you wish to pay the freight. Your
cash match should be equal to or less than the sub-total of your purchase and $25 or more; tax and freight are not
included in the match. If your purchase included product that was not donated please indicate the products that
were donated by highlighting them on the receipt.

Microsoft can only match in-kind gifts of Microsoft product and MS Press books. All other items (clothing, DK
books, computers, etc.) for sale at the Company Store cannot be matched. In addition, foreign language products
are neither eligible nor available through the Matching Gifts Program. Other in-kind donations that do not qualify
include office supplies, postage, furniture, land, vehicles, etc. or any services such as printing supplied by the
employee to the organization.

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Special Approvals
After consultations with the Company Store and Microsoft Security, Community Affairs will no longer make
exceptions to Microsoft’s policies regarding purchase of Microsoft products, including exceeding purchasing and
matching gifts limits.

$1,000 Employee Purchase Limit – Community Affairs will not make exceptions to exceed the Microsoft Employee
Purchase limit for software. With the new Open License matching options, your product purchasing limit will not be
affected by matching your cash gifts with Open Licenses. As before, when you purchase a full packaged product at
the Company Store, your limit will be reset once the match has been approved, but we will no longer make
exceptions for exceeding the software purchase limit set by Microsoft.

Company Store Limit – Community Affairs respects the limits that the Company Store and Security have placed on
purchasing a set number of products per day. Exceptions will no longer be made to the Company Store policy of
purchasing more than 6 copies of any single product in a 24 hour period.

Community Affairs is unable to make exceptions to match donations above $12,000 if you have exceeded your
$12,000 matching gift limit. Limits are reset each July 1.


Walk-A-Thons and Group Fund-Raisers
If you are a participant in a walk-a-thon, dance-a-thon, bike trek, etc., Microsoft will match pledges received from
Microsoft employees only. Please use the Group Fundraising form to submit Microsoft employee gifts (http://give
Do not include non-Microsoft employees or Microsoft contractors on this form – those gifts cannot be matched. You
may request that the total amount of employee gifts be processed under your name and your $12,000 matching
limit. In that case, there is no $25 minimum gift per employee, however, the sum of all gifts must be over $25. You
may also request that the gifts apply to the individual employee’s limit. If matching the individual employee’s limit,
the amount must be for $25 or more for each employee.

Adopt-A-Family Programs during the Holiday Season
Microsoft will match the cost of gifts (less sales tax) that you or your group purchases and donates to a holiday
adopt-a-family program sponsored by a non-profit organization. This is the only time of year that we allow this type
of matching, and the receipts (or legible photocopies of the receipts) for the items purchased must accompany the
matching gift form. Microsoft cannot reimburse employees for items purchased and donated and the matching
check cannot be made payable to an individual. The matching check will be sent to the non-profit organization in
the next quarterly matching check distribution after the matching form is received for processing. If the matching
form is returned for processing by December 24, the matching check will be disbursed to the organization in

For all other Group Donations including those for disaster relief & response, memorial funds, etc, please
send email to Give to ask about the best way to proceed.

For group gifts, please use the Group Fundraising form (see above) to track the individual employee gifts and have
the entire amount matched with one check to the organization. We require that the employee who acts as the donor
will have the amount deducted from their $12,000 matching limit. Remember that only Microsoft employee gifts are
eligible for the Matching Gift Program.


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Company Store Personal Limit
Only product donations made to qualified organizations and processed by the Matching Gifts Program will be
credited to the employee’s personal account. After your gift is matched, your product donation will appear on a
weekly report that Community Affairs sends to the Company Store. The Company Store will credit your personal
account with the amount that you spent on the donated products. MS Press titles, do not affect your limit, therefore
will not be credited to your account. In order to ensure that the correct amount is credited to your personal account;
please send a copy of your store receipt to the JK Group when requesting a matching gift for a product donation. If
a copy of your store receipt does not accompany your matching gift request, the request will be returned to you
requesting a copy of the store receipt. If the product gift is made at the end of the fiscal year, but the paperwork for
matching is not received until the next fiscal year, it will not be necessary to adjust your limit. Your personal limit will
reset on July 1st.

Printing a Copy of Your Store Receipt
     You must send a copy of your store receipt via email to or via fax to the JK Group at
        (609) 799-8019 when donating product. If you need a copy of your receipt you can request a copy by
        please email ms-store. Please include the Sales Id if known to expedite the request.

If you have questions about the matching gifts program, please e-mail or call (800) 480-4438.
If you would like additional information regarding all of Microsoft’s corporate giving programs, please connect to the
internal Community Affairs web site at http://lcaweb , e-mail give, or dial 425-706-8185.

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