Microsoft Citizenship: 2012 in Photos

During the World Economic Forum in January, we hosted a roundtable discussion with experts from around the globe to discuss the challenges facing young people around the world. Also during the World Economic Forum, representatives of the first teams to win Imagine Cup Grants met with Microsoft Founder and Chairman Bill Gates to discuss their…


Top 12 Posts of 2012

2012 was a busy year. One of the highlights for us was the launch of Microsoft YouthSpark, a new company-wide initiative to create opportunities for 300 million young people over the next three years in education, employment and entrepreneurship. 2012 was also our 30th employee giving campaign and this year Microsoft employees topped $1 billion…


Microsoft Adds the Cherokee Language to Windows 8

Editor’s note: Today we’re announcing support for the Cherokee language in Windows 8 as part of the Microsoft Local Language Program. The availability is a testament to the Cherokee Nation and their continued commitment to strengthen their language and sustain their culture for future generations. By Carla Hurd, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Local Language Program…


YouthSpark in action: Adrian Ordoñez Tostega

By Megan West, Citizenship & Public Affairs, Microsoft Adrian Ordoñez Tostega spent the past few months in the Seattle area volunteering with a local nonprofit focused on helping immigrant families learn relevant technology skills to improve their employability. Adrian, who hails from Mexico, is a member of the Innovate for Good program and we had…


Microsoft and City Year Team Up to Improve Math Education

This blog is written by Travis Holloway, Math Project Leader at City Year New York. It was originally posted on the City Year New York blog. For more information about City Year please visit www.cityyear.org. City Year is a national partner of Microsoft YouthSpark.     This time last year, I had the great opportunity…


Reputation and Corporate Citizenship

The Reputation Institute has released the results of a study that interviewed 47,000 consumers across 15 countries to discover the impact of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) on their perceptions of a company and its products. Kasper Ulf Nielsen, executive partner at the Reputation Institute’s commented in a report in Forbes: “CSR speaks to who the…


Startup Youth Initiative

Today, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton launched the Office of Global Youth Issues’ Startup Youth Initiative via a video message during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Startup Youth will provide entrepreneurship programs and events in conjunction with the private sector to facilitate opportunities for young entrepreneurs to actualize their ideas, helping…


Fast Forward Sixty-four Years

Dan Bross, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft Sixty-four years ago last week, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was awaiting consideration and adoption by the United Nations General Assembly and the horrors of World War II were ever present. Since being adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948, the…


Imagine Cup Grants – supporting social innovation by young entrepreneurs

Today at the Social Innovation Summit students from Germany, Australia, Egypt, Uganda and Ukraine are taking the next step in bringing their smart ideas for addressing real social issues to market. They are winners of the second annual Imagine Cup Grants, a three-year, $3 million competitive grant program that is part of our YouthSpark initiative…


Microsoft Employees Team Up with Doctors to Bring Medical Care and Technology to the Ecuadorian Jungle

Last month, a group of ten Microsoft employees, seven doctors, five nurses, three pharmacists, and 14 other volunteers traveled to Tena, Ecuador for a week to provide medical care to hundreds of patients in the Amazon Basin. The yearly trip happens through a partnership between Microsoft and Timmy Global Health, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that expands…