Do you know what cats have to do with employee giving at Microsoft?

Editor’s Note: As we come to the end of the 2012 Microsoft employee giving campaign we took some time up to talk to Susan Bunch and Karen Easterbrook the founders of one of the more unique and prominent campaigns that take place every year, the “Cats of Microsoft” calendar. MSFT Citizenship: What’s your role at…


Hurricane Sandy – Northeast Coast, USA (October 29, 2012)

Molly Bull, Senior Communications Manager, Microsoft Disaster Response As has been widely reported, Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the U.S. East Coast, with extensive shut-downs and evacuations from Washington D.C. to New York.  Microsoft is closely monitoring the situation, and has already taken several actions including publishing its disaster response ReadyReach information portal. This…


Windows 8 now available for nonprofit donations

We are delighted to announce the global availability of Windows 8 – the latest version of the Windows operating system – for eligible nonprofit organizations through our software donations program today. Windows 8 represents a reimagining of Windows. It provides a personalized experience with a beautiful new user interface that puts you at the center….


Bidding for a good cause (no bull)

As we near the end of the 2012 Microsoft employee giving campaign we thought we’d give you a glimpse at one of the most popular giving initiatives: MS Auction. MS Auction is an internal only auction site that gives employees the opportunity to submit and bid on a range of different items ranging from collectibles…


Video: A special event for employee giving at Microsoft

Yesterday we held a very special employee event here in Redmond, Washington.  Moderated by Brad Smith, the event included our CEO Steve Ballmer, our Founder Bill Gates, Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire and Jon Fine, CEO, United Way of King County to mark the 30th employee giving campaign at Microsoft. As well as celebrating the…


How MIDLAS uses technology to expand services to Perth’s poorest

2012 MIDLAS Team Even in the face of the extended economic downturn in one of the most isolated cities on earth, Midland Information, Debt, and Legal Advocacy Service Inc. (MIDLAS), remains focused on prevention. “It’s easy to be reactive, but we are committed to being proactive,” says Julia Burch, Chief Executive Officer of what she…


How Reach Out and Read believes in immunizing kids against illiteracy

While literacy isn’t traditionally considered part of well-child visits, one organization is working to change this. Reach Out and Read believes that “immunizing” kids against illiteracy is just as important as general pediatric preventative care. This innovative nonprofit builds on the unique relationship that exists between parents and medical providers to develop early reading skills…


How Customer Service and Support is helping ‘on the ground’ in Malawi

October is employee giving month at Microsoft. It’s a time when employees across the United States come together to raise money and donate their time and expertise to nonprofits and local communities.  Of course while October is the employee giving campaign, our people volunteer their time and expertise throughout the year. Here’s an example of…


Technology provides behind the scenes support to New York theatre

It’s not every day that our passions and skills merge to form the perfect profession, but in Martin Denton’s case, that’s exactly what happened. In the mid 1990s, after years of working in IT for Marriott International, Denton enrolled in a basic Internet class and created the first version of nytheatre.com, one of the first…