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,…


YouthSpark Ambassadors Share Social Entrepreneurship Lessons From Kenya

By Elisa Willman, Senior Marketing Communications Manager, Microsoft Citizenship Last month, we announced the winners of Microsoft’s YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest and our new YouthSpark Ambassadors: Adam Dunn, Brian Hickey, Sneha Jayaprakash, Christina Ong and Meghan Shea. They are wrapping up their three-week volunteer trip in Kenya (part of the grand prize package), where they’ve participated in…


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…


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…


How can you help when a natural disaster strikes?

By the Microsoft Disaster Response Team Following the devastation of a natural disaster, one of the first questions people ask is how can I help? The challenge is most response organizations require pre-training for disaster relief volunteers so many are unable to provide volunteer assistance during this critical response period. This happens for two main…


The Freedom of a Volunteer

Charles Thrasher, Operations Project Manager and Co-Chair Microsoft Net Impact Chapter I spent four hours talking to MBA students at the annual Net Impact conference this past weekend. I talked continuously about Microsoft as a matrixed organization and the potential for an individual to influence change far beyond their pay grade. I talked about Microsoft’s…


Volunteers create a circle of giving back in Kenya

One of the things we regularly see through employee giving at Microsoft is the passion people have for making a positive difference. Several employees are utilizing their volunteer hours here to support the Global Give Back Circle (GGBC), a nonprofit organization that helps underprivileged girls in Kenya to overcome extraordinary odds to complete their university…


Imagine students helping schools and nonprofits

By Andrea L. Taylor, director of North America community affairs  at Microsoft A unique Community Service Day was held in New York’s Central Park today when nearly 125 Microsoft Imagine Cup finalists from around the world gathered to build and paint bookshelves, signage and planters to benefit local schools and nonprofits.    The event was…


KEXP.org: Where the Music and Technology Matter (Part 2)

Editor’s Note: Our thoughts are with those impacted by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. While it may be some time until the full impact has been assessed, we will continue to work with our nonprofit partners to determine where our support can be of the greatest benefit. More on our efforts supporting relief…