Microsoft, Others Pledge Financial Assistance

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2001-09-14 Print this article Print

A number of large corporations, including Microsoft Corp., General Electric Co. and Cisco Systems Inc., have stepped up to the plate in the wake of Tuesday's attacks in New York and Washington, pledging financial and technical assistance to help the recov

A number of large corporations, including Microsoft Corp., General Electric Co. and Cisco Systems Inc., have stepped up to the plate in the wake of Tuesdays attacks in New York and Washington, pledging financial and technical assistance to help the recovery efforts across the country. Microsoft said this week that it had donated $10 million in cash and technical services to support the relief and recovery efforts in New York and other areas affected by the tragic events of Sept. 11.
Cisco, another hi-tech company, has promised $4 million, while industrial conglomerate General Electric has pledged $10 million to a fund that will assist the families of the firefighters, police officers and emergency rescue personnel who perished while responding to the attack on the World Trade Center.
A Microsoft spokesman said the Redmond, Wash., software company will donate $5 million in cash to the "September 11th Fund" established by The United Way of New York City and New York Community Trust. The other $5 million will take the form of technical services--including Microsoft Consulting Services--volunteer hours and software to help the recovery effort and organizations serving people in the affected areas, he said. Microsoft has also begun an outreach program to local, state and federal agencies; nonprofit agencies; and other community-based organizations to identify areas where technology assistance could make a difference. The company has also asked NPower New York, a recently created non-profit technology service provider, to help assess and dispatch technology services through its network of local agencies. The spokesman said Microsofts staff in New York are doing all they can for its customers there and elsewhere. "Some staff members and their families are even burning software CDs at home and at their offices in an effort to help get their customers up and running as soon as possible. We are doing anything-and everything-we can to help them right now," he added. Microsofts president and chief operating officer, Rick Belluzzo, said in a prepared statement, "We want to support the recovery effort in every way that we can." Microsoft is also encouraging its 44,000 employees to make personal donations, which the company will match up to $12,000 a year, he added.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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