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…


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…


Celebrating St Patrick’s Day is a close shave for a great cause

St. Baldrick’s Microsoft Silicon Valley event raises over $13,000 for childhood cancer research Irish dancers, shamrock-green Guinness, and a floor covered in hair made Thursday evening a night to remember at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley HQ. More than 40 people shaved their heads for St. Baldrick’s, a nonprofit that fundraises for childhood cancer research. “I’m doing…


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…


Reflections from the Pacific Northwest Global Donors Conference

Photo credit/copyright: Kenna Klostermann I had the opportunity to participate earlier this month in the second annual Pacific Northwest Global Donors Conference, held here in Seattle. The conference brings together grantmakers and philanthropists in the greater Pacific Northwest who are active in or curious to understand more about global philanthropy. Microsoft sponsored the event this year…

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Philanthropy on Trial: Is the Impact on Society Justifiable?

This year’s Council on Foundations Conference ended with a unique session that placed the entire field of philanthropy on trial. The charge: Philanthropy is not fulfilling its mission of advancing the common good. Gara LaMarche, president and CEO of The Atlantic Philanthropies, represented the prosecution, and Ralph R. Smith, executive vice president of The Annie…

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Six Years Later; Building a Connected Civil Society

Guest Post by TechSoup Global Co-CEO Rebecca Masisak Group photo from the 2009 TechSoup Partner Summit Tomorrow, TechSoup Global will convene its partners from around the world on Microsoft’s campus in Silicon Valley. More than 200 people who have contributed to moving TechSoup Global’s mission forward — foundations, corporations, organizers, and NGOs — will create…