Windows Donates PCs to Microsoft YouthSpark Partner Year Up

By Karen Bergin, Director of Citizenship and Public Affairs Earlier this summer, we partnered with Windows on the Chip In program to create a “buy one, give one” offer. For every PC that a student crowd-funded through Chip In, we planned to donate a new PC to participants in the Chicago chapter of our Microsoft…


Windows Chip In Campaign Helps YouthSpark Partner Year Up to Bridge Opportunity Divide

By Karen Bergin, Director of Citizenship and Public Affairs We launched Microsoft YouthSpark last September to address the opportunity divide – the gap between those who have the access, skills and opportunities to be successful and those who do not. As we approach back to school season, the opportunity divide becomes very visible, especially around…


How technology is helping German parents and children in need

Nestwärme e.V. Deutschland was founded in 1999 to help the nearly one million families in Germany caring for children with disabilities or chronic illnesses. Over 1,400 volunteers and more than 80 employees help take care of the children, which gives parents much-needed time for themselves. Whether it’s going to the doctor, running errands or simply…


Helping Sick Children Conquer Their Everest

The staff at A Chacun Son Everest (“Each has their own Everest”) can’t move mountains, but they can give sick children the opportunity to climb and conquer them, and for more than 17 years, they’ve been doing just that. A Chacun Son Everest is a French nonprofit organization (NPO) started by doctor and alpinist Christine…


Technology ties to great futures

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…


Happy International Mother Language Day!

By: Lauren Woodman, Microsoft General Manager, Partners in Learning While you still have a few months to send your mom flowers for Mother’s Day, today we take time to appreciate our Mother tongue. As designated by UNESCO, International Mother Language Day reminds us of the need to preserve and respect the deep history and culture…


Helping American Veteran Families in Need

While the holiday season is a time of joy for many people, it is also a time when we are reminded of the many American families who are struggling – not just during the holidays, but all year long. We were glad to be part of an effort to help one such family today. The…