Meet our YouthSpark Changemaker: Marquis Cabrera

Along with REI and the Goldhirsh Foundation we’ve been delighted to support The Case Foundation’s Finding Fearless competition.  The competition has discovered twenty fearless changemakers, with the overall winners being announced on December 5th. In addition to supporting the Finding Fearless competition, we wanted to showcase a young person who is doing incredible work to…


From friendly competition to helping business save energy

Amine Chouaieb is the 27 year-old CEO of his own company CHIFCO, and a great example of what is possible when youth have both access to technology and the support needed to develop the skills to help them realize their full potential. In partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Microsoft he…


Let the Giving Begin! Microsoft’s #GivingTuesday 1:1 Match is Live

Donate to youth projects on Give for Youth on #Giving Tuesday and we’ll match your donation 1:1 – up to $100,000 worth of matched donations  We’ve all seen the pictures and TV footage over the past few days – hordes of holiday shoppers running into stores, racing to fill their carts with toys and electronics…


Thank you from us: Your donations to youth are making a difference

Editors note: Don’t forget that next Tuesday, November 27th is Giving Tuesday!   On the day before Thanksgiving in the United States, we wanted to take this opportunity to give thanks to so many of the generous people that have donated to Give for Youth since it launched in September as part of our YouthSpark…


Giving Back: A New Post-Thanksgiving Tradition

By Microsoft Citizenship Team The holiday season is quickly approaching and like many, you are likely already thinking about upcoming holiday activities, family gatherings, and yes – shopping! But the holiday season is about more than just getting ‘stuff’. It’s also about giving thanks and giving back. And that’s why we are proud to be…


Helping our veterans starts in our local communities

Michael Allen, Chief of Staff, US Public Sector, Microsoft   Do you know a veteran? There’s a good chance you do but may not realize it. I bet some of those impacted by Hurricane Sandy met some when the National Guard and Marines arrived to help.   There is a long history of military service…


Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for War Child

Nancy Rademaker, Microsoft Netherlands   At the end of 2011, four Microsoft Netherlands employees came up with the idea of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and soon the enthusiasm spread around the office as others also joined. The four pioneers decided to steer this project towards supporting a good youth cause and given the partnership with War…


Announcing the Windows 8 Apps for Good Contest

Do you have an idea to help people better track their energy usage? Do you want to help students learn math or science? Have an idea about how to track online donations? Show us how Windows 8 apps can help the world and you can win up to US$15,000. To celebrate the launch of Windows…


Update: Supporting Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts – November 2nd 2012

Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Citizenship & Public Affairs, Microsoft Our thoughts and best wishes are with all those impacted by Hurricane Sandy which earlier this week left a devastating trail across the eastern region of the United States.  While relief and recovery efforts are well underway there remains much to do. There’s been an incredible…