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  • Blog Post: SVC Team Conquers Tough Mudder

    Below is contributed content from Stiv Ostenberg. Approximately 2,500 employees currently work (and live) in Silicon Valley and they routinely devote energy to the advancement of our community. James McLachlan is one of them. James, a member of the Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) team at...
  • Blog Post: Recap of the social media for non-profits event at Microsoft Silicon Valley

    If social media has done one thing, it’s given individuals and organizations of all sizes an equal playing field to voice and amplify their opinion, cause, or brand message to anyone who is willing to listen. Non-profits in particular have been taking advantage of social media outlets to share...
  • Blog Post: Full Circle Targets the Next Generation of Social Leaders - Focus and Leadership Critical to Breaking Through

    Full Circle Fund has a novel idea: bring together the talent, ambition and venture capital found so abundantly throughout the Bay Area and channel their focus on philanthropic causes. Through its efforts to support venture philanthropy, Full Circle Fund is training the executives and entrepreneurs of...
  • Blog Post: Thank you – Check Back Tomorrow!

    Thank you for celebrating the work of remarkable Silicon Valley nonprofits with us. We appreciate the enthusiasm you’ve shown for Microsoft’s weekly video clip series over the last eight weeks. Tomorrow we will announce the nonprofit that inspired you the most and won the Microsoft Video...
  • Blog Post: Next Generation of Bay Area Entrepreneurs and Technologists Gather for the Second Annual Dare 2B Digital Conference

    The Dare 2B Digital Conference , the premier hands-on learning event for middle and high school girls aged 13-16, is coming up this weekend. Join the next generation of entrepreneurs and technologists in the Valley on Saturday, February 12, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., to...
  • Blog Post: Train. Endure. Achieve. Matter.

    October 16 th marked a significant day in the lives of a band of philanthropic Microsoft employees and, potentially, the lives of Leukemia & Lymphoma sufferers the world over. A diverse group of employees answered the call to help a cause that was too strong to ignore when we heard about the...
  • Blog Post: Help Your Favorite Nonprofit Get a Software Donation

    Below is contributed content from the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog. Today we’re announcing updates to our nonprofit software donations program to enable more nonprofits around the world to get easier access to the technology they need, when they need it. While we currently provide software...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Sid Espinosa Honored, a “New Standard in Excellence”

    We have reason to celebrate! Microsoft Silicon Valley’s Corporate Citizenship Director Sid Espinosa was recently honored by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HARC) with its annual Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers Award at a ceremony in Chicago, followed by two days of intense...
  • Blog Post: Local Educators Gather at Microsoft's Silicon Valley Campus to Discuss Classroom Project Needs

    This evening more than 200 educators from San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, together with representatives from DonorsChoose.org, will gather at Microsoft's Silicon Valley campus to share classroom project ideas and funding needs. One technology tool that brings public school teachers and private...
  • Blog Post: Dan’l Lewin’s Mission for Microsoft Silicon Valley

    According to the San Jose Mercury News , Microsoft's Vice President for Strategic and Emerging Business Development, Dan'l Lewin, has established himself as one of Silicon Valley's most influential figures. And he's not stopping there. Lewin talks about his plans for reaching startups through BizSpark...
  • Blog Post: The 2012 Hispanic Youth Institute knocks down educational obstacles

    Microsoft Silicon Valley loves a good challenge, and we love to create opportunities for empowering youth. That’s why we helped bring Hispanic Youth Institute to Silicon Valley three years ago. HYI guides Hispanic students to realize their dreams of higher education and career success, particularly...
  • Blog Post: Nonprofit Helps Students Navigate Challenges in Work and Life

    This post is a part of a series showcasing Silicon Valley organizations that champion positive change in our community. Help this organization win an Xbox package by clicking the ‘like’ button ! Poverty can be difficult to escape, so JobTrain was created to fulfill a critical need...
  • Blog Post: Students Learn Math Using New and Innovative Methods with TheatreWorks

    On Monday morning, children from four kindergarten classes at Fairmeadow Elementary School in Palo Alto gathered in front of friends, family, and teachers to debut “Playing with Math” – a collaborative, interactive learning experience pioneered by TheatreWorks of Silicon Valley with...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Opens New Office at Moffett Towers in Sunnyvale

    Employees from across Microsoft’s campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area gathered in Sunnyvale today to celebrate the opening of the new office at the Moffett Towers. The 237,121 square foot facility is a brightly colored office designed to foster a collaborative environment that promotes innovation...
  • Blog Post: Susan Catan: Inspiring MSV’s Giving Campaign

    Below is contributed content from Thomas Kohnstamm. Once again, Microsoft Silicon Valley (MSV) proved itself to be a fundraising hotspot in Microsoft’s October Giving Campaign. Is it MSV’s unique work culture? Is it MSV’s location in the global nexus of tech and venture capital...
  • Blog Post: When a Store is a Store…and so Much More.

    When is a store not just a store? When it’s a place for people to congregate, collaborate and experience. That is the design and vibe of the new Microsoft store in Palo Alto. The April 19th opening of the Microsoft Store at Stanford Shopping Center is the second Silicon Valley location where shoppers...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Silicon Valley Honored with Corporate Philanthropy Award

    Microsoft Silicon Valley was honored this month by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal at the Corporate Philanthropy Awards . Microsoft ranked sixth among the area’s top ten contributors, donating $3.5 million in cash donations. The corporation’s three largest Silicon Valley contributions...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Investments Transform Non-profits: Recipients Honored at Reception

    Silicon Valley is home to several outstanding nonprofit organizations who are committed to the advancement of our community. This week, at a grantee reception, Microsoft recognized 66 organizations for their dedication to improving quality of life in the Valley. These organizations have touched the local...
  • Blog Post: Spot some good? #Goodspotting tells the world

    Research has shown that selfless giving by one person can influence many other people to pay it forward, and that’s the simple inspiration behind #Goodspotting . Is your family donating toys to a shelter? Are you and your colleagues sponsoring a family this holiday season? Did your neighbor...
  • Blog Post: Come Prepared to Learn

    This post is a part of a series showcasing Silicon Valley organizations that champion positive change in our community. Help this organization win an Xbox package by clicking the ‘like’ button ! If science and innovation are the keys to progress, than why is it so difficult to get...
  • Blog Post: 37% of Kids have Been Bullied Online: Microsoft Global Survey Gets at the Root of Online Bullying

    Online bullying is a serious issue that can have tragic consequences. To better understand and help educate parents, educators, mentors and kids to some of the contributing elements of online bullying, Microsoft commissioned a Global Youth Online Behavior Survey . As a global leader in technology and...
  • Blog Post: Photo Tour: Environmental Education Comes to Life!

    Continuing its strong support of environmental education, Microsoft joined Environmental Volunteers in Palo Alto on Sunday, to celebrate the grand opening of the EcoCenter, the Bay Area’s newest environmental education facility. Over the years, Microsoft has partnered with Environmental Volunteers...
  • Blog Post: TechSoup Global Contributors’ Summit Brings Participants from 45 Countries to Microsoft Silicon Valley

    Microsoft is proud to continue its 15-year partnership with TechSoup , by hosting this year's Global Contributors' Summit . The two-day event kicked off on Tuesday, February 15, with welcomes from Director of Citizenship for Microsoft's Silicon Valley campus, Sid Espinosa and Senior Director of Global...
  • Blog Post: Annual Trailblazer Race: Families, Fun and Fundraising!

    The 2011 Trailblazer Race, presented by Microsoft and the ‘Friends of Stevens Creek Trail,’ took place this weekend at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus. The annual event is the primary fundraiser for the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail , an organization dedicated to promoting community...
  • Blog Post: TransAccess Wins the Microsoft Video Clip Challenge

    You have spoken and we are thrilled to announce the winner of the Microsoft Video Clip Challenge. Congratulations are in order for TransAccess ! An outstanding Bay Area non-profit, TransAccess is dedicated to providing people living with disabilities access to educational programs, adaptive technology...