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  • Blog Post: Everyone can make a difference in their local community

    One of the biggest days of the year for employee community engagement at Microsoft is United Way of King County’s Day of Caring. Last Friday, September 24, over 10,000 friends, neighbors, colleagues and citizens volunteered in their communities around King County to assist non-profits and individual’s...
  • Blog Post: Did you hear about our 35,500 employee philanthropists?

    We share one the best part-time jobs in the world. As co-chairs of the annual Microsoft Giving Campaign, we get the opportunity to see firsthand how our colleagues bring passion, creativity and generosity to raise much needed funds for community organizations around the globe. In 2010, we raised an outstanding...
  • Blog Post: A Mouse, 500 Employees, and the Commitment to Build a Strong Community

    Jon Fine, CEO, United Way of King County In 1983, Microsoft introduced the first version of Microsoft Word, a product that would go on to revolutionize word processing and software interface. The same year, came the Microsoft Mouse, a device we all take for granted now, that changed the...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Employee Giving Campaign is up and running… literally

    By Lori Harnick, General Manager, Microsoft Citizenship & Public Affairs You may have heard that October is a busy month at Microsoft this year - but it’s not just about major product launches. This October marks the 30th Microsoft Employee Giving Campaign. It’s a magical time in our offices and...
  • Blog Post: Do you know what cats have to do with employee giving at Microsoft?

    Editor’s Note: As we come to the end of the 2012 Microsoft employee giving campaign we took some time up to talk to Susan Bunch and Karen Easterbrook the founders of one of the more unique and prominent campaigns that take place every year, the “Cats of Microsoft” calendar. MSFT Citizenship: What’s your...
  • Blog Post: Geena Davis: If Girls Can See It, They Can Be It

    Editor’s Note: Earlier this week Geena Davis visited our campus in Redmond Washington to meet with Microsoft employees and speak about the lack of gender equality. It was a fascinating visit. This story originally appeared on our Inside Track employee publication. By Jennifer Warnick, reporter...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Employee Giving: October Magic

    By Lori Forte Harnick, general manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs October is a very special month at Microsoft. It’s one of my favorite times of the year because in this month every year – without fail – magic happens… Microsoft employees dedicate October to giving...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's month of Giving kicks off

    It’s a long standing tradition at Microsoft, that each October our employees come together and combine their energy, generosity and creativity to raise money for nonprofits and causes. The Giving campaign is a month long opportunity for our people to get involved and make a difference in their...
  • Blog Post: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for War Child

    Nancy Rademaker, Microsoft Netherlands   At the end of 2011, four Microsoft Netherlands employees came up with the idea of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and soon the enthusiasm spread around the office as others also joined. The four pioneers decided to steer this project towards supporting a good...
  • Blog Post: Do Volunteer Efforts During Humanitarian Crises Help?

    By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft I am in Bangkok and have been very impressed with the work our local team is doing in delivering needed supplies to people that are still living in water and who have not received any help and many of them are in this situation...
  • Blog Post: Day of Caring – A tradition of service, a celebration of giving

    Participating in United Way of King County’s Day of Caring has been a long-standing tradition at Microsoft. Since 1992, Microsoft employees in the greater-Seattle area provide a day of service for nonprofits in need of extra hands and in the process we get to know our neighborhood organizations a little...
  • Blog Post: Helping nonprofits understand Microsoft employee giving

    A couple of weeks ago we announced the results of the 2011 Microsoft employee giving campaign.  Employees in the United States donated over $100 million, with corporate match, to nonprofits during the year.  One of the most common questions we get from nonprofit organizations (possibly second...
  • Blog Post: Thank You, Microsoft Employees, for Your Generosity in 2012!

    By Kathleen Hogan and Kurt DelBene, 2012 Employee Giving Campaign Co-Chairs While celebrating the 30 th Microsoft Giving Campaign, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer announced that Microsoft employees have raised $1 billion in cash for more than 31,000 global nonprofit and community organizations. Today, we...
  • Blog Post: Running to Give…

    Among the many things I will remember about my eight-week visit to Redmond, one of the most uplifting will be the sight of hundreds of Microsofties assembled together, running and walking for a cause bigger than themselves. On a surprisingly beautiful Friday afternoon, more than 1,700 Microsoft employees...
  • Blog Post: Employee volunteering program protects children online in Belgium

    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...
  • Blog Post: The 24 Hour Global Give and Go: The giving is done; the going starts tonight

    What if you had 24 hours to make a difference in the lives of people across the world’s 24 time zones? A group of Microsoft employees and pioneering philanthropists asked themselves this question as part of month of Giving at Microsoft. The answer came in the form of an event called “The...
  • Blog Post: Video: A special event for employee giving at Microsoft

    Yesterday we held a very special employee event here in Redmond, Washington. Moderated by Brad Smith, the event included our CEO Steve Ballmer, our Founder Bill Gates, Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire and Jon Fine, CEO, United Way of King County to mark the 30th employee giving campaign at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: 2010 was the biggest year of employee giving so far…

    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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Employees Team Up with Doctors to Bring Medical Care and Technology to the Ecuadorian Jungle

    Last month, a group of ten Microsoft employees, seven doctors, five nurses, three pharmacists, and 14 other volunteers traveled to Tena, Ecuador for a week to provide medical care to hundreds of patients in the Amazon Basin. The yearly trip happens through a partnership between Microsoft and Timmy Global...
  • Blog Post: Bidding for a good cause (no bull)

    As we near the end of the 2012 Microsoft employee giving campaign we thought we’d give you a glimpse at one of the most popular giving initiatives: MS Auction . MS Auction is an internal only auction site that gives employees the opportunity to submit and bid on a range of different...

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