Sankara Nethralaya raises 25K with matching Microsoft donation

Sankara Nethralaya, a nonprofit for ophthalmic care, raised $25,000 for its mission during its debut participation in Microsoft’s Festival of Giving program in Seattle, Washi, Oct. 7. The fund will help close to 380 surgeries for patients with curable blindness in India. Earlier on Sept. 8, Nethralaya raised $200,000 at Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, Ga., to support 3,000 indigent patients. Microsoft supports its employees’ passion for giving, by matching employee donations of time and money to nonprofits . The nonprofits have to register for a slot for agame to be played by donors for fundraising.Each October Microsoft holds the employee Giving Campaign — a tradition since 1983 — that makes a significant annual impact in addition to generous giving year-round. Bala Reddy Indurti, president of the organization said the nonprofit raised $12,500 at the event on the Microsoft campus in Seattle which was matched 100 percent by Microsoft to generate the total amount.Sankara Nethralaya Seattle-Washington trustees Vishwanath Manchikalapati and JayaKiran Pagadala, ex-Microsoft employees, joined hands with current volunteers Soma Jagadeesh, Madhu Babu Mallidi and other volunteers to conduct this event. Photo above, donors and participants play poker at the Microsoft campus during the time slot Oct. 7 for which the nonprofit registered its name.

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