When you think of the most wealthy people in the world, who comes to mind? Although there’s been a shift in the top 1% based on Amazon’s rise, we have a feeling that Bill Gates comes to mind. So what does it take to be one of the wealthiest people in the world? You have to be strategic and daring. For example, Jeff Bezos started selling books online when Borders and Barnes & Noble were dominating the market. He then expanded on that and now Amazon sells all types of products. As for Bill Gates, he originally started with creating computer software which has now grown into one of the largest global businesses across many different fields such as Software (Microsoft Office), Gaming (Microsoft X-Box), Search (Bing), and more. If you strictly look at Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos right now in terms of their overall wealth, you’d see that based on the stock prices and how Amazon has grown, that Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world.
We know he’s got the most wealth, but we’re not sure if he’s making the largest impact on the globe.
One thing that’s particulary impressive about Bill Gates is how much he’s dedicated to giving back. Something we may have all heard before is how he started the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. After checking their site and some follow ups on Wikipedia, we found that the Gates have given billions to help people in need, //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_%26_Melinda_Gates_Foundation. This foundation has given back by enhancing healthcare and improving access to information technology, among other important things. With that in mind we can clearly see the data for the worth/wealth of Gates and Bezos, but in our opinion their overall value on society differs.
So now we’ve all heard about what one of the most wealthy and caring individuals has done as a whole, but we have some more behind the scenes information to divulge. We need to tell you why it’s VERY different from some of the broad PR information or top of the line tweets that you may be seeing.
As mentioned in our tweet above, Microsofthas donated over a billion dollars to nonprofits, but what’s even more valuable is that they’ve donated their time. In our eyes, what’s even more distinct is that they’ve done it proudly!
In Q4 2018, we thankfully received our largest financial contribution from Microsoft. We reached out to some of our contacts and let them know they’re currently on their way to sponsoring a GO Kartas our way of rewarding a hospital for being a great partner with their cards. Here are some of the key ways that Microsoftdisplayed their overall worth for us that quarter:
Time – Over the years we received cards from multiple stores, but in Q4 2018 we received cards from one of their main offices in Chicago. We were updated about how they encouraged employees to set aside time throughout the week to volunteer.
Dollars – At a time when we’re trying to raise funds to purchase Xboxes and other gaming systems for our hospitals/homes, they donated money to help raise the necessary funds for our kids.
Proudly – Now we’re going to be 100% open and honest. Whenever we’re writing these blog posts we have to provide ALL the background and give you ALL the information as our way of saying thanks for taking the time to review and learn more about our organization. Here’s that truth. This whole blog post is talking about how Microsoftis one of the greatest groups and how much of a difference they’ve made. If you look directly at the numbers from November, you could see that just like in the first paragraph where Bill Gates is #2, Microsoftwas #2 in terms of the dollars donated.
This was Microsoft’s peak and our Secret Admirer donated about $400 more. Now an outsider could look at that and focus on the difference in dollars when they compare the impact, but for us, we can say that with these two world renowned companies, it’s amazing to look at the difference on how they’re willing to be associated with our organization. We’ll forever be thankful for Secret Admirer, but since they made us sign a form that we wouldn’t mention their name we’ll look at them a bit differently. With Microsoft,they’re making cards, taking pictures, and are proudly allowing us to post their world renowned logo up on our website.
(As of Q3 2018 – the Microsoft logo is moving up after their Q4 participation)
We’re thankful for their contributions’ value and worth!
On a separate note, groups often reach out and ask us about where we send and/or receive cards. Thanks to detailed formulas we keep in Excel, we’re able to easily answer those questions. That way we can keep track of how to update our Participants tab and we’ll know where we need to donate our next GO Kart. Now this may sound odd, but when we look at…
- Where some of our donations came from,
- where we’re getting a set of our cards from,
- and how we’re keeping track of everything,
…we can answer all of those questions and get that assistance thanks to the help of “MICROSOFT OFFICE” – whether that’s the company or the software and that’s something we won’t forget!
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