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  • Blog Post: Video: Employee giving and social entrepreneurs at Microsoft

    The third session we are sharing from our recent Accelerator Summit was hosted by Lisa Brummel, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Microsoft and looked at how our employees are making a difference in the community from supporting existing nonprofits, volunteering their time, and even setting...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup US Finals - People’s Choice (that means YOU!)

    Next week some of the brightest – and youngest – minds in America will compete in the US Finals of the Imagine Cup , Microsoft’s worldwide student technology competition. Fifteen student teams were chosen out of thousands to showcase the technology applications they designed to help...
  • 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: CGI: Teachers are the key to providing children with quality education

    In 2008, we announced a commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to train 10 million teachers by 2015. We undertook this goal, because we believe that every child has the right to a quality education. Throughout the course of a child’s education, there is perhaps no more important influence...
  • Blog Post: Grants Awarded to Four Puget Sound Organizations at Opening of Microsoft Bellevue Retail Store

    Posted by: Jane Broom Today, Microsoft opened our seventh Microsoft Store, right here in our backyard in Bellevue, Washington. As with each of our previous store openings, we awarded grants to local community organizations as part of the Grand Opening. At a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning...
  • 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: 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: CGI Bonus: Video on Accelerating Social Change at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative

    Watch a video about the Ashoka–Microsoft event in New York this week
  • 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: Elevate Veterans Sweepstakes Winners Announced

    U.S. Air Force Veteran having fun with Kinect for Xbox 360 at the USO of New York. During Veterans Week 2010, thousands of tweets poured out in support of U.S. Military veterans. The message was an important one, “Help Elevate America’s Veterans”! Microsoft’s Elevate America...
  • Blog Post: CGI Week: Turning ideas into actions that address social and economic issues

    Founded in 2005 by President Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative was created to turn ideas into action creating a more integrated global community with shared benefits, responsibilities, and values. It brings together people from around the world, and channels the capacities of individuals and organizations...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Congratulations to the Non Profit Times Top 50

    The Non Profit Times just announced its NPT Power and Influence Top 50 leaders (PDF) in the nonprofit community. This year’s selection was weighted toward the technology, social entrepreneurs and public service agenda. Paul Clolery in his write up announcing the selection reports that leveraging...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s 2010 Citizenship Report Released

    Read a good book lately? If not, try “Social Responsibilities of Business Corporations. Sorry to disappoint you Kindle and Nook junkies but it likely isn’t available for download since it was published in 1971. Amazing isn’t it? Corporate Social Responsibility (we call it Corporate...
  • Blog Post: Elevating America through technology training and skills

    Today marks a significant milestone for our Elevate America program with Louisiana and Ohio becoming the last states to join the program, which is part of Microsoft’s overall Unlimited Potential efforts to improve social and economic opportunities for people. Since we launched Elevate America in...
  • 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: Dispatch from Cape Town: Exceptional teachers step on the global stage

    Greetings from South Africa! This week I have the privilege of being in Cape Town, South Africa among more than 500 educators, school leaders and government officials who have gathered from around the world to attend the Sixth Annual Partners in Learning (PIL) Worldwide Innovative Education Forum...
  • 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: 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...

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