When we launched MSN Causes just over a year ago, we didn’t know what to expect. We started the program to help you understand critical issues, outline potential solutions and connect you to opportunities to help.
Today we’re happy to announce that you have donated over $1 million in 2018. That money has gone to more than 20 different charitable organizations in the U.S. and around the world. Disaster relief, cancer research, missing children, biodiversity, military veterans, Special Olympics athletes and gender equality are just a few of the causes we have supported together. We have raised not just money, but awareness on issues like depression (Germany) and elder loneliness (UK), and driven actions such as 7,000 blood donation registrations in Switzerland – the equivalent of saving 21,000 lives
In the U.S., we put a special focus on the issue of Poverty in America during the holiday season. We featured more than 20 articles and slideshows from our content partners over two weeks. These pieces explored the root causes of poverty, shared what it means to not have enough, and focused on supporting the organizations that are providing solutions.
In total, MSN readers raised more than $65,000 for Feeding America – that’s more than 650,000 meals provided through its nationwide network of food banks. You also donated $8,850 to Year Up, a great organization and Microsoft partner that provides job training and career opportunities to help young people find meaningful employment.
One of the biggest stories in November was a tragic and urgent time for the people of California as wildfires raged across the state and turned entire communities to ashes. You helped to provide relief to the people affected, with more than $550,000 donated to the American Red Cross, providing shelter and resources to help Californians get by as they piece their lives back together.
As we move ahead into 2019, we’re so excited about the possibilities of what more we can do together. On behalf of the many people you have helped, thank you for your generosity–and for being a part of our community.