From Quidditch to a ‘man bun’ shearing: 10 surprising ways Microsoft employees raised money for nonprofits in October

Oct 28, 2016   |   John Haynsworth

Microsoft employees rally each other to contribute to nonprofits every October, the official kickoff of the company’s annual Giving Campaign. Pinball wizards, Quidditch matches (from Harry Potter) and kittens, of course, are all part of the employee-led Giving Campaign that raises well over $100 million a year for nonprofits, and has raised more than a billion dollars since the program started in 1983.

Microsoft supports employees by matching their donations and giving nonprofits $25 for each hour an employee volunteers for that cause, up to $15,000 per employee per year. While the Giving Program runs throughout the year, October is when Microsoft’s U.S. employees come together and celebrate giving, with more than 400 company-wide and divisional activities.

Here’s an inside look, at some of the 10 ways Microsoft employees channel their creativity and passion to support nonprofits: