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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Brings Its Perspective on Computer Science Education to World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014

    By Karen Bergin, Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs This week, Microsoft is attending the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos to discuss, among other issues, the global youth unemployment crisis. Microsoft Citizenship and Public Affairs General Manager Lori Forte Harnick shares her...
  • Blog Post: A Giant Step for Workforce Training Collaboration

    Last week the White House announced the inaugural grants of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) that included the National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NFWS), as one of 11 award recipients. The two-year, $7.7 million award will fund an expansion of existing training programs in several of 23 NFWS sites...
  • Blog Post: Meet Benedict and Ken – two generations buzzed about technology in Hong Kong

    I am just back from Hong Kong where I attended one of our NGO Connection Days. The connection days are held around the world and provide nonprofits with the opportunity to come together, network and find out about how they can use technology to support their organizations. The event in Hong Kong was...
  • Blog Post: Back-to-school with centers of technology excellence

    It’s back-to-school this month for nearly 56 million K-12 students in the U.S. Many will participate in afterschool programs that offer supervised activities for children of working parents or caregivers and providing developmental opportunities to urban and rural youth. Boys & Girls Clubs...
  • Blog Post: Empowering Youth through Partnerships

    I had the pleasure of speaking at the International Youth Foundation’s Youth Leadership and Livelihoods conference in Washington, DC, today. I participated on a panel entitled “The Global Challenge – and Opportunity – of Youth Employment” with colleagues from public, private...
  • Blog Post: A Closer Look at the Nonprofit IT Pyramid: A Framework Love Story in 4 Parts

    Last week in our post, Demystifying Nonprofit IT Adoption and Innovation , we introduced you to the Nonprofit IT Pyramid. We love pyramids; particularly this one (I’m not kidding). Not only does it help us understand how nonprofits approach technology, but it also helps us focus our resources and...
  • Blog Post: The Mary M. Gates Learning Center at United Way

    Yesterday in Alexandria Virginia, United Way Worldwide officially opened the Mary M. Gates Learning Center overlooking the Potomac River. The center, which was made possible by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation , includes technology provided by Microsoft and gifts from Deloitte ,...
  • Blog Post: NTEN Technology Leadership Academy

    N ow more than ever, nonprofit leaders must understand the potential technology has to help them meet their missions. They require effective ways to manage technology and lead others to use tools to further their missions and increase the efficacy of their organizations. Microsoft is pleased to be partnering...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Microsoft Elevate America nonprofits grant program

    Today we are launching the Elevate America community initiative , a new grant program that will support nonprofit organizations offering employment services, including technology skills training and job placement, in local communities across the United States. To support this initiative, we are committing...
  • Blog Post: Our Duty

    By: Sloan Gibson, USO President Note: This post is part of a weeklong celebration of U.S. military veterans. You can find more stories and resources at the Microsoft Citizenship website . Your USO works to lift to the spirits of America’s troops and their families. When assessing how well...
  • Blog Post: Stories from the front lines: Elevate America veterans

    Memorial Day in the United States is a time when we honor and remember the men and women who have bravely served in the U.S. armed forces. We thought it would be appropriate to share a few stories about how some U.S. veterans and their families are making the transition from military to civilian life...
  • Blog Post: New program to develop IT skills in Haiti

    Frank Schott , the global program director for NetHope has written a blog post over on Wired’s Haiti ReWired site about the chronic shortage of local information and communication technology (ICT) professionals in the country. Frank writes: ICT can be used to support health, education...
  • Blog Post: CGI: Guest Post - Helping Girls in Kenya to Give Back

    Linda Lockhart, Managing Director, Global Give Back Circle Imagine you are a disadvantaged girl in Kenya, categorized as coming from the bottom of the economic pyramid. Imagine you grew up sleeping in a hut made from mud and dung, and next to you, in another hut your grandparents kept a cow, some...
  • Blog Post: More public awareness needed of the devastation in Pakistan

    The floods in Pakistan have caused devastation of an unprecedented scale. A huge swath of the country is submerged under water and we are seeing millions of people suffering. The number of people impacted is of a scale not seen before. The world is watching, learning more, and realizing the scope...
  • Blog Post: Elevate America helps U.S. veterans to find employment

    The US elections are just over and the major concern and worry we all share is the economy and the future of our jobs. With the overall unemployment numbers still very high this anxiety is real. Often when I speak with colleagues about training programs they roll their eyes and ask me why start another...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft helps launch the Campaign for the Common Good

    By Tracy Nilles, Vice President, Global Corporate Leadership at United Way Worldwide October 25 marked the launch of the United Way Campaign for the Common Good —a national effort to mobilize millions of people and organizations across the country to take action and improve the education, income...
  • Blog Post: Activision Is Answering Their Own Call of Duty…

    By MCPO Maurice Wilson (USN-Ret.), Advisory Board member to Activision’s Call of Duty Endowment Note: This post is part of a weeklong celebration of U.S. military veterans. You can find more stories and resources at the Microsoft Citizenship website . For the families of our soldiers, President...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 2010 for Nonprofits

    On Tuesday, Microsoft Community Affairs and TechSoup hosted a webinar on Office 2010 for Nonprofits and Libraries. Elliot Harmon, a staff writer for TechSoup Global , and Markus Weickenmeier, a product manager at Microsoft, led the presentation on Office 2010 and what it offers nonprofit organizations...
  • Blog Post: Benefits of Hiring a Veteran – Gulf Coast Workforce Board

    By: Kim Bodine, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Workforce Board Note: This post is part of a weeklong celebration of U.S. military veterans. You can find more stories and resources at the Microsoft Citizenship website . I’ve been working with employers in our area for more than 15 years and...
  • Blog Post: Sichuan two years on

    Who could forget more than 68,000 people killed, countless homes destroyed and lives shattered in the Sichuan earthquake of 2008? Yet even as many of the rebuilding projects are moving well and many of the people have been re housed attention now turns to the economic sustainability of the region. ...
  • Blog Post: “Tvoy Kurs” Gives the People What They Want!

    Guest post by Melissa Pailthorp, Senior Manager Community Affairs, Central and Eastern Europe Tvoy Kurs (“Your Course”) celebrated its first year in Moscow last week, convening project coordinators from the  140+ centers in 82 cities across all of Russia’s 20 regions to discuss progress and share...
  • Blog Post: Preparing Today’s Students for the Jobs of Tomorrow

    Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Microsoft Education Note: Cross posted from the Microsoft on the Issues blog. This week, people from around the world will gather at two education events in London – the Education World Forum (EWF) and the BETT trade show – to discuss how technology...
  • Blog Post: A tribute to success

    By Elaine Cooluris, Executive Director at Able-Disabled Advocacy Note: This post is part of a weeklong celebration of U.S. military veterans. You can find more stories and resources at the Microsoft Citizenship website . “I am extremely grateful for the assistance Able-Disabled Advocacy gave...
  • Blog Post: CGI: Supporting skills, content and context in local communities

    A major focus of our global programs is about providing individuals around the world with access to information and communications technology (ICT) – what some still call digital inclusion or “closing the digital divide.” We aren’t a hardware infrastructure provider, so achieving...
  • Blog Post: The Magic of Mouse Mischief in Haiti

    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...

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