Community Impact

Microsoft’s commitment to California communities

Through cash grants, software, technology solutions, curriculum donations, and employee volunteer hours, Microsoft supports numerous projects and organizations to expand opportunities through technology:

Workforce Training Programs
Microsoft works with governments, private, public and community organizations to provide support for workforce development and IT skills training through the Unlimited Potential–Community Technology Skills and Elevate America programs.  These programs help offer the skills, training and certifications needed for people of all ages who are preparing for job opportunities in today’s changing economy.

Strengthening NGOs through IT
In an effort to strengthen and support the nonprofit community, Microsoft is involved with several programs designed to bring the power of technology to nonprofit organizations. By providing technology assistance, expertise, and resources – often in partnership with organizations like TechSoup, NPower and others – Microsoft is working to help nonprofits increase their capacity and deliver on their missions efficiently and effectively.

Employee Engagement
Through the Microsoft employee community engagement programs, Microsoft works to mobilize the skills, knowledge, and volunteer time of its employees to help achieve a shared vision of creating social and economic opportunities in communities worldwide.

Microsoft’s giving programs in California
Since 2003, the company has given and matched employee gifts totaling more than $210 million in cash, curriculum, software and volunteer hours in the state of California. Recent donations to local nonprofits through Microsoft’s giving programs, includes support to:

  • Jewish Vocational Service
  • Goodwill Industries
  • The Stride Center
  • Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC)
  • Brotherhood Crusade
  • PUENTE Learning Center
  • Fashion Business Inc.
  • Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund support