Microsoft has pledged $1 million to the COVID-19 Response Fund in the Puget Sound region as the world continues to address the economic and social impact of the outbreak of the new coronavirus, also known as COVID-19,media on OnMSFT reported. Microsoft’s $1 million commitment will be used to support local “non-profit organizations and community organizations on the front line of the New Corona Virus Response.” As Microsoft points out in a blog post on the issue, Microsoft President Brad Smith explains the criteria for using the donation effectively.
“Standards for the initial emergency phase are being developed to ensure that funds are allocated in a targeted, agile and responsive manner where funding is most needed. The initial grant will support organizations working among priority groups, such as those without sick leave or health insurance, the frail, the hourly and part-time economic workers, health care workers and people with limited English proficiency.
The organization will raise funds throughout the epidemic and recovery phase to allocate resources to the emergence and development of needs. In times of trouble, the larger Seattle community has a good record of solidarity. This is a moment of call for community unity again. “
In addition, Microsoft will make any of its employees’ own contributions to the COVID-19 Response Fund. While Microsoft and other corporate partners can contribute to the fund, more needs to be done at the local and federal levels to better prepare for the evolving COVID-19 crisis, Smith said.