United Way Launches $25 Million Campaign to expand Program

Microsoft Corp. is making a $1 million donation to the United Way of King County’s new $25 million fundraising campaign to expand an early learning program first launched by local business leaders.

Brad Smith, general counsel and senior vice president of the Redmond computer giant (NASDAQ: MSFT) announced the donation during the United Way of King County’s annual breakfast meeting. Smith and his wife, Kathy Surace-Smith, are the co-chairs for the Seattle-based agency’s annual fundraising campaign that starts July 1.

Last week the United Way of King County said it was launching a five-year effort to raise $25 million in donations to support the expansion of a parent-child home care program across King County that was first launched by the Business Partnership for Early Learning. Subscribers to the Puget Sound Business Journal can read about that announcement here.

With pledges from Safeco Insurance, the Boeing Co., the Seattle Foundation and other donors, the $25 million fundraising campaign has more than $2 million in secured commitments, according to the United Way of King County

Read more: Microsoft gives $1M to United Way of King County – Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle)