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World Refugee Day: Microsoft pledges to raise funds for UNHCR on Facebook


GENEVA, June 16 (UNHCR) – To mark World Refugee Day, UNHCR partner Microsoft has pledged US$50,000 to the agency’s “Gimme Shelter” campaign through Causes, the Facebook platform that allows users to raise money for a non-profit organisation or political campaign.

Up to a maximum of US$50,000, Microsoft will donate US$1 for every person who joins UNHCR’s Gimme Shelter Facebook cause and will also match donations raised on the Facebook Causes platform dollar-for-dollar.

The UN refugee agency created a special Gimme Shelter page on Causes late last year. This came soon after the launch of UNHCR’s flagship fund-raising and awareness campaign, which is centred on a short film by Ben Affleck, set to the classic Rolling Stones track “Gimme Shelter.”

UNHCR and Microsoft have been working together since 1999 to apply creative technology solutions in support of efficient refugee protection and assistance programmes, and to provide refugee youth with greater access to education. The partners will be marking World Refugee Day on Saturday.