Employee Giving Campaign: Millennial Employees Help Keep Traditions Alive

By Lori Forte Harnick, General Manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs If you had visited Microsoft’s Redmond HQ last Friday, you would have seen hundreds of people chatting and laughing along the roads surrounding main campus. That was the 5K Run/Walk – a highlight of our annual Employee Giving Campaign which kicked off last week. October…


Generosity Rising: Microsoft’s Employees Raise Record-Breaking $113 Million for Nonprofits in 2013

By Karen Bergin, Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs 2013 was a year of record-breaking fundraising and volunteer work by Microsoft employees to support more than 19,000 nonprofit organizations seeking a cure for cancer, feeding and educating children around the world, providing job training, responding to devastating humanitarian and natural disasters, and much more. In all,…


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…


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…


Employee Philanthropist Spotlight: Peli de Halleux & Chris Mitchell

As part of our celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the Microsoft employee giving campaign which takes place in October, we’re sharing some stories of how Microsoft employees are giving back and what volunteering or giving means to them. Recently, we featured Erin and her work with Global Give Back Circle. Now, we’d like you…


Employee Philanthropist Spotlight: Erin Zuehlsdorff

Last year Microsoft employees across the United States raised $100.5 million for nonprofit organizations around the world. While the total value is great, what’s more impressive is the stories of the 35,500 people inside Microsoft who made it happen. Over the coming months we’re hoping to share some of their stories, shine a light on…