Thank you from us: Your donations to youth are making a difference

Editors note: Don’t forget that next Tuesday, November 27th is Giving Tuesday!   On the day before Thanksgiving in the United States, we wanted to take this opportunity to give thanks to so many of the generous people that have donated to Give for Youth since it launched in September as part of our YouthSpark…


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…


Announcing the Windows 8 Apps for Good Contest

Do you have an idea to help people better track their energy usage? Do you want to help students learn math or science? Have an idea about how to track online donations? Show us how Windows 8 apps can help the world and you can win up to US$15,000. To celebrate the launch of Windows…


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…


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…


We Day Seattle Debuts on March 27; Sparks Opportunities for 15,000 Youth in Washington

By Brad Smith, Executive Vice President, Microsoft Today, in front of 2,000 students and teachers at Federal Way High School in Washington state, I had the honor of joining Free The Children founder Craig Kielburger and Seattle Seahawks’ Head Coach Pete Carroll to announce We Day Seattle – an exciting new, year-long program at that…


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…


Microsoft YouthSpark: A new chapter in Citizenship at Microsoft

Lori Harnick, General Manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs Earlier today our CEO Steve Ballmer announced Microsoft YouthSpark, a new company-wide initiative to create opportunities for 300 million young people over the next three years. We’ve created Microsoft YouthSpark in response to the challenges facing youth around the world. The nature of the challenges vary region-by-region,…


Join us for the launch of our new Citizenship initiative

Lori Harnick, General Manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs, Microsoft I would like to invite you to join us this Thursday as we announce a new Citizenship focus as part of a company-wide initiative from Microsoft. We’re hosting a live online event at 8.30am Pacific / 11.30am Eastern / 3.30pm UTC on Thursday, September 20th. Our…


Drinking from the fire hose – Reflections on the Social Innovation Summit 12

By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft A party among some close friends and colleagues on a beautiful sunny day in New York is always fun, especially if you’re on the 87th floor with some breathtaking views and surrounded by original art from Picasso, Chagall, Miro and Liechtenstein. This is what Zeev…