It's that time of year again: Microsoft's annual Giving Campaign (here are a few blog posts on the campaign). As noted on the page, "through last year's Employee Giving Campaign, Microsoft employee donations and the corporate match totaled more than $39.2 million in cash."
In addition to the link to the Seattle P-I newspaper slide show on "Words of Thanks," last year I posted how our eldest son, Max, exercised his philanthropic bent.
A recap: with a little help, Max launched his first website last summer, http://anotherthousandpaintings.com, with Microsoft Office Live. And last fall, several people bid during the 2006 Giving Campaign on Max's painting: the bidding finally closed at $75 (with matching, $150 for the United Way). Then, a few more folks were game to also buy paintings of their favourite numbers and helped raise nearly $500.
The difference this year is that all profits benefit the charities Max supports: he successfully financed his Zune purchase with painting sales last year and has decided that all profits will benefit the Woodland Park Zoo and the Children's Hospital, both in Seattle. (I'll match his donations with contributions to his college fund 😉
(For MS employees, you can find Max's art available once again on the Giving Campaign auction.)