It’s Giving Tuesday. What’s on your community’s wish list?

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday — they help us score deals on the holiday gifts we give one another, but at Microsoft Silicon Valley, we’re just as excited about what happens today. It’s GivingTuesday, a day when – as families, businesses and individuals – we’re encouraged to turn our focus from what…


Students Learn Math Using New and Innovative Methods with TheatreWorks

On Monday morning, children from four kindergarten classes at Fairmeadow Elementary School in Palo Alto gathered in front of friends, family, and teachers to debut “Playing with Math” – a collaborative, interactive learning experience pioneered by TheatreWorks of Silicon Valley with seed funding from Microsoft Silicon Valley. “Playing with Math” is a 10-day residency program that…


Photo Tour: Canopy and Microsoft Plant 110 Trees for 500 Students in East Palo Alto

On October 6, more than 500 volunteers of all ages joined Canopy and Microsoft at Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto to plant 110 trees. The newly-planted shade and fruit trees will provide over 500 students at Brentwood Academy with a welcoming learning environment. Trees don’t simply provide shade and aesthetics – they also help…


The 2012 Hispanic Youth Institute knocks down educational obstacles

Microsoft Silicon Valley loves a good challenge, and we love to create opportunities for empowering youth. That’s why we helped bring Hispanic Youth Institute to Silicon Valley three years ago. HYI guides Hispanic students to realize their dreams of higher education and career success, particularly in critical STEM professions. Earlier this month, 120 high school…


Recap of the social media for non-profits event at Microsoft Silicon Valley

If social media has done one thing, it’s given individuals and organizations of all sizes an equal playing field to voice and amplify their opinion, cause, or brand message to anyone who is willing to listen. Non-profits in particular have been taking advantage of social media outlets to share messaging, inspire volunteers, and raise funds….


Photo Tour: Environmental Education Comes to Life!

Continuing its strong support of environmental education, Microsoft joined Environmental Volunteers in Palo Alto on Sunday, to celebrate the grand opening of the EcoCenter, the Bay Area’s newest environmental education facility.  Over the years, Microsoft has partnered with Environmental Volunteers through grants and volunteerism. Most recently, the two organizations were part of an initiative that…


Summer Resources in Silicon Valley for Teens

With summer in full swing and school still months away, there are plenty of activities to keep teens active and productive over the summer. Ongoing learning is important for teens, and it can be difficult for parents to keep students engaged while school is out. Luckily, there are several organizations in Silicon Valley with the…


United Way Honors Microsoft for Measurable Community Impact

Recently, United Way honored Microsoft with the 2011 Summit Award to recognize the company and its employees for making a real and measurable community impact. Our Microsoft Silicon Valley campus has also been a major champion of our local United Way of Silicon Valley. In 2011, our Silicon Valley campus employees donated an all-time high…


When a Store is a Store…and so Much More.

When is a store not just a store? When it’s a place for people to congregate, collaborate and experience. That is the design and vibe of the new Microsoft store in Palo Alto. The April 19th opening of the Microsoft Store at Stanford Shopping Center is the second Silicon Valley location where shoppers can experience…


Microsoft Named the Top Third Best Corporate Citizen

Sharing some news from our corporate citizenship blog to celebrate Microsoft’s ranking as the 3rd Best Corporate Citizen. By Lori Harnick, General Manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs, Microsoft Corporate Responsibility Magazine has announced that Microsoft was named among the Top 3 Best Corporate Citizens for 2012. CR Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens List is known…