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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 as part of our Giving campaign every full time Microsoft employee in the United States can take advantage of corporate matching for the donations they make to nonprofit and community organizations, up to $12,000. They also have the opportunity to volunteer their time and have those hours matched with a per hour payment to the chosen organization.
It would be fair to say that employee giving is an inherent part of life at Microsoft. Since the inception of the company our employees have wanted to give something back. The continued success of our employee giving isn’t solely about people’s generosity - it’s also about their creativity and passion. As the co-chairs of the 2010 Giving campaign we have had the opportunity to see an incredible array of initiatives to raise funds and awareness. This past year we had over 300 fundraising events including a 5K run with 1,700 employee participants, national poker competitions, an album of employee music, photo books, soccer clinics, and our internal auction site which continues to grow in both the breadth of items offered and the money it raises.
So, how did we do in the United States in 2010? Here are some of the top line figures:
These funds make a real difference in our communities. For example, Microsoft employees are the single largest, active source of ongoing donors for the Seattle Children’s Hospital, which received over $800,000 in 2010. The majority of the donated funds go toward uncompensated care so that no one who comes to Seattle Children’s is turned away for insurance or financial reasons. The donated funds will assist around 1,000 families with uncompensated care. It’s something we’re very proud of.
2010 was an outstanding year for our employee Giving campaign and we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that the success of the campaign isn’t solely due to the incredible generosity of our people, but is also the result of the hard work and energy of an army of volunteers across the company who commit their time to the Giving campaign, driving participation, helping organize events and supporting initiatives. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their efforts.
There is one downside to these results: it creates a formidable target for 2011! However, we’re confident, that as in years past, our employees will rise to the challenge.
We’re already underway. Thank you for your support in 2010!
Tony Scott was co-chair of the 2010 Microsoft Giving Campaign and is Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Tony Scott joined Microsoft Corp. in February 2008 as corporate vice president and chief information officer (CIO). Under Scott's leadership, Microsoft IT is responsible for security, infrastructure, messaging and business applications for all of Microsoft, including support of the product groups, the corporate business groups, and the global sales and marketing organization.
S. Somasegar was co-chair of the 2010 Microsoft Giving Campaign and is Senior Vice President, Developer Division
As senior vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft Corp., S. Somasegar is responsible for providing tools, runtimes and technologies for developers, designers, software development teams and the technical computing community. His team owns the Visual Studio and Expression Studio families of products, the .NET Framework, Silverlight, and many core development technologies.
Laurence Verriest, Community Affairs Lead, Microsoft Belgium.
Child Focus is a Belgian NGO that has been working tirelessly to protect children online for many years. Microsoft has collaborated with Child Focus for the last four years and has been training children and teachers in schools around Belgium on internet safety. As one of the volunteers at Microsoft I am particularly proud that this long term partnership and the valuable work of Child Focus undertakes.
Microsoft has a long standing commitment to keeping the internet safe for children. In Belgium, as part of this commitment, we decided to devote our Employee Volunteering Program, which offers three volunteering days per year to employees, to child online safety. We noticed, during discussions with our NGO partner, Child Focus, and other stakeholders (NGO’s, FCCU, government agencies and universities), that teachers still don’t feel confident bringing the subject of Internet Safety in class. So in 2009, we decided to provide Microsoft employees with the opportunity to volunteer to provide Safer Internet Training in primary and secondary schools for children between the ages of 8-13. Microsoft worked with Child Focus to develop a specific training pack explaining why the Internet is fun and useful, but also covering the potential dangers such as privacy, spam, cyber bullying etc.
Microsoft trains employee volunteers and matches them with schools where they give e-safety lesson in class. The program has proved incredibly popular, and we have seen a strong growth in demand from schools. To meet this demand we’ve extended the program to include our partner, Getronics, in the initiative, which is helping us to reach an even greater number of children.
In our last fiscal year - July 2009 to June 2010 65 Getronics employees and 101 Microsoft employees – a full third of our employees - trained over 10,000 children in schools all over the country.
But more important than the numbers, the training has been very effective, in the words of a teacher from Cardinal Mercier in Braine L’alleud: “We would like to thank Microsoft Belux and everyone concerned in this project, for the training you provided to our pupils on the dangers of the Internet. We would like to thank Mister Van Mollekot and Cremers who brought 7 sessions with professionalism and passion for 12 classes. The pupils and the teachers learned a lot! Could you come back in June to train the other classes?”
In the words of one colleague “I was delighted to have participated in the volunteering day. It was enriching from both a human and professional point of view. It was a real moment of realization in understanding the daily challenges for our users! It was surprising, uplifting and what a pleasure to hear their perspective”
In December 2010 Microsoft Belux was honored to have the incredible work of Child Focus and the Internet Safety program recognized with the “European Union Employee Volunteering Award for Belgium”. This competition recognizes companies for their employee engagement initiatives and is organized by the European Commission and coordinated by Business & Society for Belgium. Microsoft was selected by an independent jury that included representatives from the University of Antwerp, the Flemish employment agency, Network for Training and Entrepreneurship and HR Tribune magazine. The award ceremony was attended by 100 people from both public and private sector, NGOs and academia. John Macdonald, head of task force for the European Year at the European Commission delivered the opening address while a panel discussion on the role of employee volunteering included the CEO of Deloitte Belgium, ING Belgium, PWC and Freshfields, and Xavier Lamote from Microsoft.
Pictured at the presentation of the European Union Employee Volunteering Award for Belgium are Ellen Stassart, Child Focus; Mieke Kennof, Business Manager Microsoft Belux; Laurence Verriest, Community Affairs Manager Microsoft Belux; Xavier Lamote, BMO Director Microsoft Belux and Rudi Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of VBO/FEB the federation of business in Belgium
Microsoft will now participate in the European finalist contest in March 2011.
The Employee Volunteering Program is an excellent opportunity for our employees to develop their personal skills and be ambassadors of our Citizenship programs. As one of the volunteers at Microsoft I am particularly proud that this long term partnership and the valuable work of Child Focus has been recognized in this way.
Laurence Verriest manages Microsoft’s community affairs programs in Belgium.
There are three fairly standard reactions I receive when I am telling people about the work Microsoft is undertaking with Governments and community partners to improve lives and drive national competitiveness and first up is usually surprise! I find people are generally unaware of the breadth and depth of work we are doing at a grass roots level in areas such as access to technology, skills training, disaster response and the fight against human trafficking. They are also generally surprised by the amount of this work being undertaken specifically in Asia Pacific.
Second reaction is usually admitting they had never thought of technology having such impact outside the technology sector. People rarely think of the technology inside robotics that increases productivity in manufacturing or technology to allow Governments to better plan and deliver services to their constituents. Technology to most people is the IT Manager doing and IT job when they start to see the demonstrations as to how technology is improving hospitals and saving lives they are genuinely surprised.
The third reaction is along the lines of "I know a person or organisation that could benefit from one of those programs and I will have to let them know about it”. So as 2010 was drawing to a close we decided it was time to try and spread the word and showcase the work not only of Microsoft but also of our community and Government partners across the region.
A two-day event - the inaugural Accelerating Asia Pacific 2010 – was launched on December 14 to share what we stand for and are investing in across Asia Pacific. The event attracted more than 55 journalists and analysts representing local newspapers, industry publications, international news wires, and other regional press.
Opened by the newly announced Area Vice President for Asia Pacific (and former Country Manager for Australia) Tracey Fellows, the morning session was followed by Orlando Ayala, Corporate Vice President, Chairman of Emerging Markets, Chief Advisor to the COO, who delivered a keynote address on “National Competitiveness - Asia in the Global Context” discussing the important role of cloud computing in the context of national competitiveness and the way in which the IT industry drives both social and economic impact for local economies.
Tracey Fellows, Area Vice President for Asia Pacific at Microsoft addresses the Summit
Over the course of the first day, the audience heard stories about how technology and Microsoft’s partnerships are having an impact on addressing societal issues like, child safety, education, workforce development and disaster response.
Bindu Sharma, Policy Director, International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC), Singapore making a point during the Technology to Protect Those Most Vulnerable session during the summit which highlighted how technology can drive major scientific breakthroughs and help solve some of the world's most pressing societal issues such as child online safety. The discussion covered how technology can track online predators and the importance of the first 24 - 48 hours when a child goes missing. Also pictured are Bindu’s fellow panelists Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, Founder & President, Visayan Forum Foundation, Philippines and Deborah Henry, Founder, Save Education Centre, Malaysia.
On the second day of the event, speakers showcased ways in which Microsoft solutions are enabling the healthcare, education and defence sectors to deliver services to the public and how government are using technology to raise their economic productivity and national competitiveness. All up the event comprised of more than 40 speakers from within Microsoft, our non-profit partners, government and industry.
If you would like to see more videos of all the presentations and demonstrations are available for viewing here.
Donation Management for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011has been posted to the Dynamics Marketplace.
Donation Management is available in English for the U.S. and Canada right now, and we’re gauging interest levels outside North America.
Though this is branded as a “version 1.0”, in fact the solution builds upon our previous work in the not-for-profit space – formerly known as the “Not for Profit Accelerator” or the “Charity Accelerator”. The older NfP Accelerator is in use by museums, charities, and public broadcasting corporations across North America. Where the former accelerator was restricted to CRM Online, this version works across CRM Online, on-premises, and partner-hosted. It’s now available at no charge for customers of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 or as part of the on-going $9.99/user/month not-for-profit pricing for CRM Online in the United States. Also, you may remember the Dynamics Marketplace from a blog article in 2010.
Find out more information at:http://crm.dynamics.com/ngo.
Cynthia Bogard, Edeyo Foundation
How long does it take kids who have never seen a computer before to “get” how to manipulate a mouse to make it click on an answer or choose a color and draw a circle? About 15 minutes, if our students in Haiti are any indication.
Students at Edeyo School in Bel-Air Port-au-Prince and their teacher experiment with Microsoft’s computer-assisted learning platform – Mouse Mischief.
The New York-based Edeyo Foundation (Edeyo means “help them” in Haitian Kreyòl) provides tuition-free education to nearly 400 pre-school and elementary school children in Bel-Air, an already very impoverished neighborhood utterly devastated by last year’s earthquake in Haiti. Most of our children now live either among the dangerous ruins of their fallen down homes or in the makeshift stick, tin sheet and tarp shelters that have become “home” to more than a million Port-au-Prince residents since the quake. Because the Edeyo school is one of the few functional institutions in the neighborhood, we worked hard to get our school up and running after it too was demolished in the earthquake. At first, we operated in donated festival tents. Then we rented a small building and in October, we built a second temporary building to house our pre-school, kindergarten and first grade. Just the fact that school for Edeyo students has resumed and is held in buildings, not outside, puts Edeyo ahead of many schools in beleaguered Port-au-Prince. While we don’t quite have electricity yet, that didn’t stop us from beginning to implement computer-assisted learning recently by demonstrating Mouse Mischief, Microsoft’s PowerPoint based, multiple-mouse learning platform.
Our first demonstration, pictured above, used one of the templates that teachers all over the world post for free download on Mouse Mischief’s access site. Students took to the concept quickly, using mice connected to multiple mouse access hubs to choose between answers in multiple choice and yes/no templates as well as learning to manipulate their mouse to circle correct answers or draw lines between two matching items. Even though in this class of fourth graders ranging in age from 10-14, only one child had ever seen a computer prior to our demonstration.
The Edeyo team just completed two days of teacher training in Haiti during which we demonstrated how this program could be used to create original materials in English and Kreyòl to teach numeracy and the English alphabet and vocabulary to pre-school and kindergarten children. We also created a content unit on the culture of the Arctic Inuits for use with sixth or fifth graders. This series of Mouse Mischief presentations included a photo-rich, information packed, PowerPoint in French and English on various aspects of Inuit culture and the geography and ecosystem of the arctic. This was followed by a Mouse Mischief-assisted review of the information learned consisting of true/false questions, multiple choice and matching and identification screens that included drawing. The teachers had fun learning how our Microsoft-donated wireless mice worked as they struggled to click and circle the right answers. But they also saw the tremendous potential of a program like this to provide materials to their students that would otherwise not be available. As we proved, all that’s needed is a computer with a charged battery and a small projector and multiple mouse hubs linked together and run off of the computer battery to open a window to a world of limitless content for students in this country, where quality educational materials are scarce. Thanks to Microsoft for the projector and hub donation as well as the mice.
Our next steps include providing regular computer training to our teachers; first, to enable them to run Mouse Mischief and later, to enable them to create their own original Mouse Mischief lessons. We are also working on getting Internet access at our school. And our just-opened pre-school building will also have electricity, provided by our privately owned diesel generator for now.
Edeyo has big plans for the future. In the next year or two, we hope to build a new school on our own property, one that uses solar energy to power our dream of having a computer lab and a classroom computer for each teacher. Meanwhile, however, with just a computer, projector, linked mice and the Mouse Mischief lessons created by teachers on our New York staff or adapted from the free download site, we have infinitely expanded the classroom materials available to our very impoverished students.
Computer assisted learning can enable schools in impoverished countries all over the world to leap over the restrictions imposed by poverty and low quality materials and significantly raise the educational outcomes and future prospects of the students they serve. That’s why we at Edeyo think of this software as Mouse Mischief magic!
Cynthia Bogard is a member of the board of the Edeyo Foundation which is registered in New York as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization and is a Microsoft Partners in Learning program. Follow our progress, meet our students and teachers and donate to help us achieve our goals by visiting: www.edeyo.org.
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