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,…


How many people does it take to make a difference? Just one. That person can be you...

By Lori Forte Harnick, general manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs Today is a good day to remember that it takes just one person to have a positive impact on another person’s life.  Today is #GivingTuesday and as part of our ongoing YouthSpark initiative, we’re rallying support for young people around the world.  Would you like…


Meet Giving Hero Xbot Robotics

By Elisa Willman, Senior Manager MarComm, Microsoft Citizenship Tom Blank and Mike Sinclair have found the perfect way to use their professional skills to benefit others. By day, they work as Microsoft engineers. By night, they teach teens how to build really cool robots. Tom and Mike are volunteer mentors for XBOT Robotics, a nonprofit…


Meet Giving Hero Blind Children's Learning Center

By Elisa Willman, Senior Manager MarComm, Microsoft Citizenship  Kelly Vuong sat in the back of a classroom during a tour at the Blind Children’s Learning Center in Santa Ana, California, observing a visually impaired four-year-old boy tilt his face to the sky to feel the warm August sunshine. Before entering the classroom, he felt the…


How Many People Does it Take to Make an Impact?

By Lori Forte Harnick, general manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs Each day, all around the world, thousands of people come to work at Microsoft. All of them help move our company forward, each in their own unique way. Outside of their “day jobs” Microsoft employees also make significant contributions through our employee giving program when…


Meet Giving Hero "I Have a Dream" Boulder County

Jason Vallery recalls his mom joking throughout his childhood that she was smarter than his dad because she made it to 10th grade and his father dropped out in the 9th. As a boy, Jason didn’t know what he wanted to be when he grew up, but he knew he didn’t want to end up…


Suit Up and Empower Youth with Giving Heroes!

By Karen Bergin, Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs  In a post today on the Microsoft Fire Hose blog, the topic is honoring the “Giving Heroes” among us. Inspired by all the nonprofits helping the next generation of innovators, inventors, and mountain movers, we asked employees to share with us their favorite organizations. Throughout the month…


Raising the Next Billion for Nonprofits with Enhanced Microsoft Employee Giving Program

By Karen Bergin, Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs (From left to right) Microsoft employees Vatsala Isaac, Kendall McElliott, Rachel Ash, and Gilmere Vieira at the company’s 5K Run/Walk, an annual Employee Giving Campaign tradition In a post on the Official Microsoft Blog today, Chief People Officer Lisa Brummel reflects upon the energy and passion Microsoft…


Microsoft Employee Giving: October Magic

By Lori Forte Harnick, general manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs October is a very special month at Microsoft. It’s one of my favorite times of the year because in this month every year – without fail – magic happens… Microsoft employees dedicate October to giving back to the community through the Employee Giving Campaign. Though…


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…