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Microsoft Disaster Response App "HelpBridge" Launches for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone
“I need help.” “I want to know whether my friends and family are OK.” “I want to help.” Those tend to be the three main reactions after natural disasters strike, said Tony Surma, chief technology officer for Microsoft’s Disaster Response team. HelpBridge...
17 Jan 2013
The Most Enlightening Five Articles, Three Quotes, and One Photo About the Late Digital Activist Aaron Swartz
Aaron Swartz, a digital activist described as a wizardly computer programmer and prodigy by friends and colleagues, committed suicide recently; here is his well-written New York Times obituary . Much has been written about him, his career, his struggles with depression, and his tangles with the law in...
15 Jan 2013
What unique teenage social media use means for nonprofit and education campaigns
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the annual meeting of a New York-based nonprofit called DoSomething.org, which was enlightening. If you’re unfamiliar, DoSomething.org is the largest organization that rallies and organizes teens and engages them in social causes. They often work with large...
7 Feb 2013
Random Hacks Of Kindness 6 Creates Solutions For Humanity's Challenges
This is a guest post by Patrick Svenburg, a director of public sector development and platform evangelism at Microsoft. Random Hacks of Kindness, or RHoK, is a joint Microsoft, Google, Yahoo!, HP, NASA, and World Bank initiative that teams subject-matter experts on global challenges with technical...
31 May 2012
How Eva Longoria Overnetworked A Nonprofit
Beth Kanter , CEO of Zoetica and long-time writer about nonprofit organizations, described the " networked nonprofit " as, ...nonprofits [that] can unleash the power of social good BY On Saturday the 25th, in a flood of tweets, it dramatically concluded. But was it worth the effort? Can a Nonprofit...
21 Jun 2011
Microsoft Announces Charity Fashion Show Geek 2 Chic: LA Benefiting The Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship
Today, I'm in southern California preparing for the latest installment of Microsoft Public Sector's charity fashion show in partnership with Bloomingdale's called "Geek 2 Chic." This event is Geek 2 Chic: Los Angeles and its happening on May 10th at Bloomingdale's Santa Monica. I am the executive producer...
16 Apr 2012
Random Hacks Of Kindness Is A Hackthon For Saving Humanity
Guest post by Patrick Svenburg, the director of platform strategy for Microsoft’s U.S. Public Sector developer and platform evangelism group. What happens when brainy folks from NASA, The World Bank, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Google put their heads together to develop innovative solutions to humanity’s...
20 Jun 2011
Chicago-Based CrowdSpring Powers Free Creative Work For Nonprofits
Even when a successful nonprofit takes in a lot of money, much of it is earmarked for carrying out their main mission. Things like advertising, design work, and other activities, while valuable, are expendable if funds are limited. Now, a creative services company is helping them, pro bono. Crowdspring...
18 Apr 2012
Microsoft's Geek 2 Chic: LA Makes Silicon Beach The Center Of the Geeky Fundraiser Universe
On Thursday, May 10th, Microsoft and Bloomingdale's brought their popular " Geek 2 Chic " charity fashion show series to the west coast's Silicon Beach. A mix of local entrepreneurs and tech-savvy professionals served as models, and between ticket sales and 10% of Bloomingdale's purchases, thousands...
14 May 2012
Real-World Civic Innovation Through Online Gaming: A Collaboration Between CURE and ToonUps
When you think of "games," you might think of Gears of War for Xbox, or Angry Birds for iPhone, or perhaps Zynga games for Facebook. But increasingly, people working in the public and civic sectors see value in leveraging games and game mechanics to accomplish real-world change. In that vein, a Pennsylvania...
12 Apr 2012
Code.org Uses Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Many More to Encourage More Coding by Kids
Code.org has a great new video out about creativity, collaboration, and education, specifically about coding — what it is, how it works, and why it’s important and exciting. The video’s language and feel is “adult,” yet simple enough for, say, middle schoolers to understand...
27 Feb 2013
Online Education Startup Minerva Launches Non-profit to Reimagine 21st-Century Research Universities
The Minerva Project , an education startup self-described as "the first elite American university launched in a century," has $25 million in venture funding and advisors including former Harvard president Larry Summers. From their website: Minerva is assembling an exceptional team dedicated...
17 Jan 2013
How Nonprofit Brotherhood Crusade Provides Technology Training For The Los Angeles Workforce
Guest post by Celeste Alleyne, the West Region Citizenship & Public Affairs Director for Microsoft. With a 12 percent unemployment rate in California, 14.6% in Los Angeles, and staggeringly high -- 60-70% -- LA high school drop out rates, connecting the children making up our next generation with...
27 Sep 2011
How Microsoft Is Organizing Local News And Nonprofit Impact On Bing Maps In The Cloud
Guest post byTara Grumm, the Online Marketing Manager for Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft, where she develops Web presence and digital strategy. You can follow her on Twitter at @tgrumm . Every day, hundreds of nonprofit organizations are hard at work improving the educational process, facilitating...
13 Jul 2011
MakeYourJob.org Is An Interactive Online Community Helping Teens Launch Startups
The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, or NFTE , an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring young people from low-income communities to stay in school and recognize business opportunities, just launched MakeYourJob.org , an new interactive web community that gives teens the tools...
15 May 2012
New AARP Survey Reveals Seniors Are Concerned About Online Safety
Guest post by Tammy Gordon, the Director of Social Communications and Strategy for AARP in Washington, DC. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole...
28 Oct 2011
Top 5 Windows Phone Apps Connecting Citizens To Civic Organizations
Guest post by Joel Reyes, a senior developer evangelist for Microsoft public sector. Follow him on Twitter at @joelcitizen . As I do every month, I present five of my favorite apps. This month, I've curated apps which are meant for your average consumer or citizen, but better connect them to information...
13 Dec 2011
NFTE Chicago Partners With Starbucks To Launch Entrepreneurs
Microsoft has long been a friend of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, or NFTE , a wonderful non-profit with outposts in many U.S. cities which empowers at-risk youth to launch their own businesses...while in high school. Our collaboration has manifested itself most recently in a series of "Geek...
3 Apr 2012
Homefront Heroes Takes Compelling Wounded Warrior Stories To The GI Film Festival
For those not directly connected with an active-duty military person or a veteran, you often only hear their stories vaguely, or in passing. Now, two very different people have created Homefront Heroes to deliver veterans' stories to you in a very compelling, human way. Mike Allen, a Microsoft executive...
16 May 2012
Inner-City Arts Is A Los Angeles Nonprofit Saving Art And Creativity In Public Schools
In an IBM survey conducted last year, 1,500 CEOs identified creativity as the number one competitive edge of the future. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently wrote that dance, music, theater, and visual arts "are essential to preparing our nation's young people for a global economy fueled by innovation...
14 Mar 2012
Cradles to Crayons: A Nonprofit Providing Disadvantaged Children With Free School Supplies
Guest post by Donna Woodall, Microsoft's citizenship lead for the U.S. east coast. The organization Cradles to Crayons is an innovative, nonprofit organization that provides disadvantaged children with free school supplies. Recently, Microsoft and CVS partnered with Cradles to Crayons in Boston to...
6 Sep 2011
Microsoft Launches $15/Month GeoIntel Platform For Social Impact Storytelling On Interactive Maps
Large nonprofit organizations and multinational corporations have one major problem in common: While they have many initiatives for social impact affecting local communities, it has traditionally been difficult to visualize the efforts within a coherent framework for storytelling. Today, Microsoft has...
28 Jun 2012
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