Microsoft Grants Three Nonprofits Cash, Software and Services for Technology Innovation

By James Rooney, senior manager, Technology for Good @jamesroo At its core, technology is empowering. Technology helps us explore outer space and discover medical breakthroughs. It brings educational tools to areas that lack resources and access, and helps us respond quickly to natural disasters across the globe. As we have seen firsthand as part of…


Office 365 for Nonprofits: Helping Nonprofits Do More Good … Now in More Places!

By Jane Meseck, Director of Citizenship  Back in September, we took a new step forward to help nonprofits more easily harness the power of technology to do more good. Significantly widening the scope of our Technology for Good program, we began donating Office 365 to nonprofits worldwide. Originally launching the offer in 40 countries with…


Good Read from NetHope: Office 365, the Cloud and Nonprofits in the Developing World

By Karen Bergin, Director of Citizenship and Public Affairs On Tuesday, Microsoft launched Office 365 for Nonprofits as a worldwide donation program. Frank Schott, interim president and executive director of NetHope, believes cloud solutions offer a specific set of benefits to nonprofits and NGOs who work primarily in the developing world. NetHope works with 39…


Office 365 Donation: Helping Nonprofits Do More Good

By Lori Harnick, General Manager, Corporate Citizenship and Public Affairs As the needs of communities expand exponentially around the world and technology advancements accelerate with increasing speed, we’re taking a new step forward to help nonprofits more easily harness the power of technology to do more good. Starting today, Microsoft is significantly widening the scope of…


TEDx: Harnessing disruptive change for good

Recently at TedXRainier at the University of Washington campus in Seattle, Akhtar Badshah gave a talk on how technology and the disruption that often comes from new technology can be channeled for good. You can watch Akhtar’s talk below.  


Claremont Senior Computer Club Makes Savvy Seniors the Norm

As a young electrical engineer in the 1960s, Tom Deno worked with some of the earliest computers. By the time he retired at age 64, he was a self-proclaimed “technology geek.” But he discovered that, among his peers, he was definitely in the minority. So he decided to do something about it and founded the…


How technology is helping a teacher connect with visually impaired students

Originally posted on Microsoft News Center The scene in Robin Lowell’s high school algebra class mirrors classrooms across the country. The teacher is at the front of the room, patiently explaining tricky math concepts. Students frequently raise their hands and ask questions when they’re stuck. Two differences set this classroom apart: the students are visually…


Partners with Deep Local Roots Can Make the Difference

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of blog posts reflecting on the evolution and impact of Microsoft’s Community Technology Skills Program you can find links to the previous entries at the end of this post. When I think of Ren Xuping, I think about rabbits, and the importance of deep local roots…

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Making Its Case: Performing Arts Workshop Attracts Funders in a Down Economy

Photo: Drumming with Jason Brown at Visitacion Valley Boys & Girls Club, from the Performing Arts Workshop Flickr While tough economic times have forced many arts organizations to cut back on staff and programs — or worse, close their doors — Performing Arts Workshop in San Francisco is expanding its reach to help even greater…