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America's Most Generous Corporations
Ari Weinberg, 10.23.03, 12:00 PM ET

NEW YORK - Cash giving is the truest measure of corporate largess.

Sure, some of America's largest companies contribute millions in products--for example, Microsoft (nyse: MSFT - news - people ) donated $207 million in products last year. But, when product giving ranges from food to drugs to software, it's difficult to tell who's being the most generous.

To draw up our list of America's most philanthropic companies, we looked at the top Forbes 500s firms by sales and their cash donations for 2002. Data on cash contributions was provided by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. "

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