By Lori Forte Harnick, general manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs

Each day, all around the world, thousands of people come to work at Microsoft. All of them help move our company forward, each in their own unique way. Outside of their “day jobs” Microsoft employees also make significant contributions through our employee giving program when they raise money for people in need in local communities near and far. Throughout the year, and most recently during our October giving campaign, we've been especially inspired to see a large number of our employees support efforts to help young people gain access to greater opportunities for education and employment.   

This month, leading into #GivingTuesday, we’re highlighting 30 employee “Giving Heroes” who have made a significant and direct impact on the lives of young people in their communities.  We invite you to read their stories on the Microsoft Facebook page and find out what inspires them to work with a range of amazing youth-serving nonprofits, such as FIRST Robotics, Code.org, Washington State Opportunity Scholarships, FAME, Blind Children’s Learning Center and the “I Have a Dream” Foundation.

Once you’ve taken a look, you may want to think about becoming a Giving Hero, too.  On #GivingTuesday, December 3, Microsoft will amplify fundraising for these youth causes and many, many others by providing a 1:1 matching donation for all gifts on GlobalGiving.org/YouthSpark/Heroes.   

Please join us on #GivingTuesday and consider becoming a Giving Hero for youth around the world. In truth, it only takes one person to make a difference in another person’s life.  And, that person can be you.