Microsoft Employee Giving: October Magic

By Lori Forte Harnick, general manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs October is a very special month at Microsoft. It’s one of my favorite times of the year because in this month every year – without fail – magic happens… Microsoft employees dedicate October to giving back to the community through the Employee Giving Campaign. Though…


Thank You, Microsoft Employees, for Your Generosity in 2012!

By Kathleen Hogan and Kurt DelBene, 2012 Employee Giving Campaign Co-Chairs While celebrating the 30th Microsoft Giving Campaign, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer announced that Microsoft employees have raised $1 billion in cash for more than 31,000 global nonprofit and community organizations. Today, we are honored to share that Microsoft employees gave more than $105…


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…


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…


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…


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…


The Microsoft Employee Giving Campaign is up and running… literally

By Lori Harnick, General Manager, Microsoft Citizenship & Public Affairs You may have heard that October is a busy month at Microsoft this year – but it’s not just about major product launches. This October marks the 30th Microsoft Employee Giving Campaign. It’s a magical time in our offices and campuses across the United States…


Day of Caring – A tradition of service, a celebration of giving

Participating in United Way of King County’s Day of Caring has been a long-standing tradition at Microsoft. Since 1992, Microsoft employees in the greater-Seattle area provide a day of service for nonprofits in need of extra hands and in the process we get to know our neighborhood organizations a little better. Last Friday, over 5,000…


Geena Davis: If Girls Can See It, They Can Be It

Editor’s Note: Earlier this week Geena Davis visited our campus in Redmond Washington to meet with Microsoft employees and speak about the lack of gender equality. It was a fascinating visit.  This story originally appeared on our Inside Track employee publication. By Jennifer Warnick, reporter for Microsoft Inside Track Oscar-winning actor, activist, and archer (yes,…