Youth Opportunity Top of Mind at Social Innovation Summit

By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs “We’ll laugh, some of us may cry, we’ll be inspired and we’ll even dance.” These are the words that I used to kick off the “Opportunity: Youth” session at this year’s Social Innovation Summit. These are the same words that came to pass throughout our time…


An Extraordinary Lesson and Skype

By Karen Bergin, Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs Those unique and wonderful moments when different groups of people, from different parts of the world, come together to speak with one another are perhaps some of the most magical Skype opportunities imaginable. Recently, a high school English class from Lake Stevens, Washington was selected to participate…


HelpBridge App Can Help Those in Need During Natural Disasters

By James Rooney, senior program manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs   When disaster strikes do you and your family have a plan? This week marks National Hurricane Preparedness Week, and while every storm season comes with uncertainty, there are ways to prepare and stay safe using the latest technology.   Microsoft offers several resources and tips…


City Year is "Fired Up" at 25!

By Andrea L. Taylor, Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs, North America, Microsoft “Every 26 seconds a student gives up on school in America,” according to City Year. Compelling evidence indicates that turning around just one low performing high school in a community has the potential to yield a $23 million benefit to society annually. Last…


Microsoft Cookbook Collects 3rd Gourmand World Cookbook Award

By Karen Bergin, director, Citizenship and Public Affairs Today, Microsoft China accepted the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for the Microsoft Cookbook. The cookbook, created as a labor of love by one Microsoft couple, comprises recipes from Microsoft employees around the world. All proceeds go toward Seattle nonprofit FareStart, and to date the cookbook has raised…


Helping Students Learn Through the Summer

By Kari Sherrodd, senior manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs Summer break is just around the corner! This time of year, many parents struggle to come up with ways to keep their kids learning and engaged with fun activities throughout the summer months. We want to help. As part of Microsoft YouthSpark, Microsoft offers several programs, classes…


Employee Health Screening Drives Donations to PATH for Childhood Vaccinations in Laos

By Karen Bergin, director, Citizenship and Public Affairs Microsoft’s “Know Your Numbers” health screening is a quick way for employees to take charge of their health. It’s a routine process – blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and other biometric testing. Last fall's Know Your Numbers campaign was also an example of Microsoft's deep-rooted culture of giving. For…


Microsoft Joins SF Gives to Fight Poverty in Bay Area

By Sid Espinosa, Director, Philanthropy and Civic Engagement At Microsoft, we invest in community programs that are innovative and focus on real problems and creative solutions. In San Francisco, Microsoft is supporting a new initiative called SF Gives, which is a partnership with Tipping Point, one of the most high-impact organizations in the San Francisco…


Global Microsoft YouthSpark Summit Convenes to Focus on Youth

By Yvonne Thomas, senior program manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs Last week at our Redmond headquarters, we were honored to host more than 50 representatives from youth-focused organizations from around the world that we partner with as part of Microsoft YouthSpark. Our intent over the two-day YouthSpark Summit was to bring together our global and…


Crowdfunding for a Cause: 24 Hours Will Benefit Hundreds of Nonprofits

By Emily Horn, Silicon Valley Communications, Technology & Civic Engagement Microsoft is proud to be the lead sponsor for Silicon Valley Gives, an event on Tuesday that will benefit hundreds of nonprofits in Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Benito counties. The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is hosting the 24-hour online day-of-giving and more than…