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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: Transformed by technology: Right To Play receives $750,000 software grant from Microsoft

    Cross posted from the Microsoft Canada Blog Using the transformative power of sport and play, Canadian-founded international development organization Right To Play is improving the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Today, RTP is running about 50 projects across Africa...
  • Blog Post: What is STEM and why is it important? #STEMtember

    STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. STEM education is not only critical for preparing our future doctors, researchers, rocket scientists and game designers, it’s becoming more important for every type of job in the workforce. The problem is that most countries in the...
  • Blog Post: The youth are leading change in Brazil

    Last week I arrived in Sao Paulo for the first time in three years to find an amazing sense of optimism. President Lula’s government managed to lift a quarter of the country’s poor people out of poverty and the current government is expanding that program to reach the most vulnerable. The...
  • 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: Washington STEM launches to prepare students for tomorrow’s jobs

    Posted by Brad Smith Microsoft General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs Cross post from Microsoft on the Issues Blog This morning marked an important milestone in our work to improve the quality of education in Washington State. A number of us came together for the official...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Vision Center in Davos

    This week the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 is taking place in Davos, Switzerland. The event attracts government, business, academic and nonprofit leaders from around the world who come together to learn, share ideas and engage in debates on the pressing economic and social issues facing countries...
  • Blog Post: Technology keeps precious dollars focused on affordable home-building

    Two days before Nancy Andrew’s official promotion from Deputy Director to Executive Director of Habitat Choptank, a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Maryland, the organization’s computer server crashed. “Despite the backups and redundancies built into our system, we faced the possibility...
  • 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: TEDx: Harnessing disruptive change for good

    Recently at TedXRainier at the University of Washington campus in Seattle, Akhtar Badshah gave a talk on how technology and the disruption that often comes from new technology can be channeled for good. You can watch Akhtar's talk below.
  • 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: At PATH, Delivering Information Technology in Challenging Locations

    By Erik Arnold , Chief Information Office, PATH I’ve just returned from PATH’s offices in Hanoi and Phnom Penh, where a group from our information services team reviewed the state of our global health nonprofit’s technical infrastructure there. We also talked with our Vietnam...
  • 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: Top five Microsoft Citizenship posts of 2010

    As the year comes to an end it’s a great opportunity to both look forward to the coming year and review what’s happened over the past twelve months. We thought it would be interesting to highlight the top stories on the blog for 2010 as voted by our readers through their visits. It...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Brings Smart Buildings to Seattle

    By Dan Sytman, Senior Public Relations Manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs Microsoft Senior Director Bill Mitchel has a great post today about using Microsoft technology to reduce buildings’ carbon footprints while making those buildings cost less to operate. Bill, who works in Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: Unleashing Technology to Advance Social Change

    Technology can be an amazing tool for social and economic development. It can help people get a better education, learn new skills to earn a living wage, or start a business. It can also enable organizations to meet community needs by broadening access to healthcare, education micro-banking and other...
  • Blog Post: Heroes of #STEMtember: Sunny science with Meteorologist Shannon O’Donnell

    Editor’s note: This month we have been taking a look at science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for K-12 students. To kick things off we released the findings of a study on what parents and students think of STEM education . We also thought it would be interesting to look at...
  • 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: 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: Imagine a world…

    As I write this post, over 400 students from every corner of the world are competing in Warsaw, Poland at the finals of the 2010 Imagine Cup . Every single one of these students is a winner. Over 325,000 students registered for this year’s competition and through local and regional competitions...
  • Blog Post: Shaping the future with technology

    Part of Microsoft Unlimited Potential , Shape the Future provides tools that help governments create smart, sustainable and inclusive technology programs for their citizens – including not only affordable access to devices and software, but technology skills training, workshops and technology assistance...
  • 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...

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