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  • Blog Post: Generosity Rising: Microsoft’s Employees Raise Record-Breaking $113 Million for Nonprofits in 2013

    By Karen Bergin, Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs 2013 was a year of record-breaking fundraising and volunteer work by Microsoft employees to support more than 19,000 nonprofit organizations seeking a cure for cancer, feeding and educating children around the world, providing job training...
  • 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: Technology to help giving

    Like our colleagues in other countries the work we do in local communities is very important to us and as we move closer to Christmas it's great to be able to tell you about something that Microsoft UK is doing to help the vulnerable and underprivileged children in our communities this festive season...
  • 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: 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: Giving through football, karaoke and a 24 hour marathon

    We’re into the last week of the Microsoft 2011 employee giving campaign. It has been a very busy month so far , and this week is turning into pure madness, in a good way. Earlier today Pete Carroll, the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks came to our Redmond campus to talk about A Better Seattle...
  • 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: October is the month of giving back at Microsoft

    Today is the start of a very special month at Microsoft. It’s a time when our people invest their energy, passion and creativity in raising funds for nonprofit and community organizations. While employees give their time and money throughout the year, October is the time that individuals and groups come...
  • 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: 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: Connecting nonprofits to the Microsoft employee giving campaign

    Kevin Espirito, Senior Manager, Employee Engagement Programs The culture of giving at Microsoft is deeply rooted in our culture with our employee giving programs beginning in 1983 and growing each subsequent year. Last year our U.S. based employees raised over $96 million for nonprofits, however many...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Employee Philanthropist Spotlight: Erin Zuehlsdorff

    Last year Microsoft employees across the United States raised $100.5 million for nonprofit organizations around the world. While the total value is great, what’s more impressive is the stories of the 35,500 people inside Microsoft who made it happen. Over the coming months we’re hoping to share some...
  • Blog Post: Employee Philanthropist Spotlight: Peli de Halleux & Chris Mitchell

    As part of our celebrations for the 30 th anniversary of the Microsoft employee giving campaign which takes place in October, we’re sharing some stories of how Microsoft employees are giving back and what volunteering or giving means to them. Recently, we featured Erin and her work with Global Give Back...
  • Blog Post: 250 Technical Leaders Plus 30 Kids Equals an Awesome Exercise in Collaboration

    Kathleen Hogan, Corporate Vice President Microsoft Services, Co-Sponsor Microsoft US Giving Campaign What do you get when you bring together over 250 technical leaders from around the world with 30 kids from the local Bellevue, WA Boys and Girls Club (BGCA) aged 5 through 11? Well, besides a very energetic...
  • 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: Can charitable donations be kitsch?

    October is a month of giving back at Microsoft when employees around the United States host or participate in events to raise money for nonprofits. There are hundreds of events taking place across the company throughout the month, but we’ve found a new favorite. The Plastic Pink Flamingo Flock...
  • 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: Movember: Welcome to Moustache Season

    My grandfather was a fire department chief, and I can still remember him in his uniform – white hat, boots, heavy jacket and gloves.  He was a hero to me.  He was also a survivor of prostate cancer.  Each of my other grandparents had cancer, and many of my friends and family, from 2 years...

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