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Microsoft Donates $1.7 Million to Support Rebuilding of Gulf States

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NEW ORLEANS — Feb. 26, 2007 — The Gulf Coast region’s economic revitalization after Hurricane Katrina was boosted by an announcement today by Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer of $1.7 million in donations of cash, software and specialized curriculum to several nonprofit partners in Louisiana and Texas. Microsoft is supporting existing local government, academic and nonprofit organizations as they rebuild and establish community infrastructure, technology and work-force training centers. These centers support displaced residents in accessing the technology skills training they need to succeed in today’s technology-driven economy.

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Congratulations Microsoft For Being Cool!

See my subject-line/title-line above first, & this second:

SEE? Microsoft is not "all bad", contrary to 'popular belieft' (lol, especially @ SLASHDOT!)...

:)

* Let's see the OpenSource community do the same I say...

APK
 
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See my subject-line/title-line above first, & this second:

SEE? Microsoft is not "all bad", contrary to 'popular belieft' (lol, especially @ SLASHDOT!)...

:)

* Let's see the OpenSource community do the same I say...

APK
It's true, people forget that M$ and Bill Gates have donated an enourmous amount of money to various causes over the years (does Gates still hold the record for the largest individual contribution to charity? Admittedly it was his own charity, but having his own charity just shows even more than he isn't simply a selfish git as many people perceive him to be!).
 

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microsoft contributing to the katrina cause is like actors and actresses pretending to have a cause in ending world hunger and having peace lol

its for publicity lol
 
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microsoft contributing to the katrina cause is like actors and actresses pretending to have a cause in ending world hunger and having peace lol

its for publicity lol
Oh, I won't debate that much, because you're probably @ LEAST PARTIALLY, correct!

:)

* Still, the monies raised, spend JUST THE SAME, on both accounts!

APK

P.S.=> & hopefully, unlike many charities that are only required to spend 10% (of actual contributed dollars) on the actual thing they are fighting's, actual fix?

(I.E.-> Having the rest goes to 'administrative costs' in other words profit for those that work for it, in their payrolls for one thing, lol - this I have seen in charities' contributors that I worked for, & in non-profits I worked for in the past too!)

HOPEFULLY, most of it goes to helping those poor folks who lost a lot down their in their material belongings (stuff in homes or vehicles, etc.) that insurances did not cover, or just to help them out in general... apk
 
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microsoft contributing to the katrina cause is like actors and actresses pretending to have a cause in ending world hunger and having peace lol

its for publicity lol
publicity or not microsoft is doing the right thing helping out the gulf coast.
 

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1.7 million really wont help much at all. but I guess each little bit helps. I live in a gulf state, but Im not down in Mobile and all that that really got hit hard by Katrina and Rita.
 

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Hes the richest man on earth... I mean what would you do with the money? Hes got too much of it on his hands imo.
 
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it was a nice thing to do 2 million is a small percent in a billion dollar damage zone but it does close the gap on what the feral goverment is having problems with, remember this isn't his first nor his biggest donation

just cause he rich doesn't mean he has to care about anyone else
 
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1.7 million really wont help much at all. but I guess each little bit helps. I live in a gulf state, but Im not down in Mobile and all that that really got hit hard by Katrina and Rita.
You dont want a single company having to pay for this cause...other major corps should follow...
 

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As good as $1.7m is. Youve gotta have perspective. Consider the profits Microsoft as a company make and then look at the sum of $1.7m. Its probably something like the average person donating $20.

However, i do have a lot of respect for Bill Gates whos donations even in context are very big.
 
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I think its great. i went to New Orleans a week ago to help rebuild house and stuff with a church group they really need all the help they can get!
 
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As good as $1.7m is. Youve gotta have perspective. Consider the profits Microsoft as a company make and then look at the sum of $1.7m. Its probably something like the average person donating $20.

However, i do have a lot of respect for Bill Gates whos donations even in context are very big.
To be fair, I bet a lot of people don't donate $20 in a year.
 
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To be fair, I bet a lot of people don't donate $20 in a year.
For tax purposes I might & have before (but, I am not so well set I can do what men like Mr. Gates has done, & NOT BY A LONG SHOT)!

I have also worked for these companies, charitable contributors (when I was 22 or so, after I just finished school for Leukemia) & also non-profit organizations later... not TOO long ago, w/ in last 5 yrs. iirc!

(& it's where I saw what I personally interpreted as their 'dark side' (in that they are only required in some cases, to actually GIVE 10% only of the total monies they collect, & rest went to paying the staff... me being one of them, & trust me, it was "no great shakes" as far as the pay imo @ least!))

However, I do TRY to give in other ways, to others:

E.G. -> Online, I try to help folks, & in real life, if my buddies are down on cash, I lend them some IF I have it to give (but, only those I know will pay back, even if after a LONG time), or even if folks ask me for a smoke & I am down to my last couple.

* It usually all comes back to me, eventually, & sometimes in other ways, every time... sometimes money "from heaven", OR, just getting the same as I gave out in return payment, & w/out asking.

APK

P.S.=> I give @ the church too, & I am pretty confident they do & have done good things for folks that are hurting... but, I haven't been much of a churchgoer the 4-5 yrs. either, this really is something I ought to do more often again... apk
 
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Good old Bill, atleast hes giving money to the poor buggers that had their lives wrecked over night! The government isnt putting enough into rebuilding! 18 Months+ down the line and it still looks like baghdad, not the american baghdad though :D