The Non Profit Times just announced its NPT Power and Influence Top 50 leaders (PDF) in the nonprofit community. This year’s selection was weighted toward the technology, social entrepreneurs and public service agenda. Paul Clolery in his write up announcing the selection reports that leveraging technology pushes agendas, inclusion and action.

At Microsoft we believe in the power of technology to bring about positive change to communities and have supported the effective use of technology to non-profits for over two decades. Critical to this commitment is the belief that IT is a strategic investment, not just an operating cost. Yet many nonprofits struggle to view technology as a strategic investment, or to measure the return on that investment. Purposeful IT planning, grounded in an organization’s mission and goals, is crucial to ensuring that a nonprofit can adopt the most appropriate IT solutions and realize the greatest social return on its IT investments.

We are very proud that many of our partners and colleagues have been recognized this year in the Top 50 list for their work in technology and social entrepreneurship. We congratulate them for this recognition including our Chairman Bill Gates for once again being an honoree. We thank all of the honorees for the great work they do bringing about positive change in communities in the U.S. and around the world. We’re proud to have great partnerships with you.

For more information on the winners you can download a PDF of the list.