Microsoft Hosts YouthSpark Connections Event in Charlotte

Today, we’re hosting our Charlotte YouthSpark Connections event at the Johnson C. Smith University. The event features a conversation with prominent leaders from education, government and the civic community to discuss findings from a recent study on the youth opportunity divide in Charlotte. As part of the event, the Brookings Institution will share new Microsoft-sponsored…


Elevate Veterans Sweepstakes Winners Announced

U.S. Air Force Veteran having fun with Kinect for Xbox 360 at the USO  of New York. During Veterans Week 2010, thousands of tweets poured out in support of U.S. Military veterans. The message was an important one, “Help Elevate America’s Veterans”! Microsoft’s Elevate America Veterans initiative helps veterans and their spouses acquire the skills…


A Mouse, 500 Employees, and the Commitment to Build a Strong Community

Jon Fine, CEO, United Way of King County In 1983, Microsoft introduced the first version of Microsoft Word, a product that would go on to revolutionize word processing and software interface. The same year, came the Microsoft Mouse, a device we all take for granted now, that changed the way we interacted with our PC’s…


2010 was the biggest year of employee giving so far…

When you visit a Microsoft office and discover that it’s been transformed from a place of work to an amphitheater for a keenly contested rock-paper-scissors contest, or when you overhear people discussing an ongoing bidding war for the world’s best baloney sandwich, then chances are you’re witnessing Microsoft’s employee giving at first hand. Each year…


Does technology help you make an impact in your community?

Enter the Tech for Good Contest for Nonprofits and Libraries in WA State After more than ten years of working in and around the nonprofit sector in Washington State, there is no doubt in my mind that technology is helping organizations to increase their impact in our communities. There is also no doubt in my…

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Cultivating the future of CSR, MBA students debate the issues with Microsoft

One of the great things about my job is that I get to regularly talk with students across the country about Corporate Citizenship.  Recently I had the opportunity to talk with students a little closer to home when I was at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business to work with a few classes…

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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…


Microsoft Canada, Children’s Miracle Network and CHEO deliver 200 Kinect gaming sensors donated to 14 children’s hospitals

Microsoft Canada, Children’s Miracle Network and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Child Life Interactive Computers for Kids (CLICK) program. For a child, being in a hospital can be a frightening and isolating experience. The CLICK program reaches over two million children each year and aims to…


NGO Spotlight: La Comunidad Hispana, Kennett Square, PA

When tough economic times hit, it’s often those on the lowest rungs of the income ladder who suffer the most. They’re the ones whose jobs are eliminated first; who suffer the most from cutbacks. And all too often, they’re La Comunidad Hispana’s clients. Last year, La Comunidad Hispana proudly moved into its own permanent home after…


The Truly Global Nature of Washington State

Is it our location on the fringe of the lower 48, our bustling ports, our proximity to Asia, or our inspiring natural surroundings that give the state of Washington such an orientation toward global development issues? I don’t really know, but there is no denying that something is in motion here. Last week, we sponsored…

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