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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: It’s Giving Tuesday. What’s on your community’s wish list?

    Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday -- they help us score deals on the holiday gifts we give one another, but at Microsoft Silicon Valley, we’re just as excited about what happens today. It’s GivingTuesday , a day when – as families, businesses and individuals –...
  • 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: 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: Microsoft Presents Engineering Award to FIRST

    The Silicon Valley Education Foundation celebrated its seventh annual Pioneers & Purpose fundraising dinner on Sept. 15, 2011, where Microsoft presented the Engineering Category Award to FIRST Robotics. FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is a program committed to...
  • 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: Be What You Want to See

    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 ! Hands on Bay Area , or HOBA, makes change happen. The nonprofit exists to help other...
  • 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: 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: 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: Raise Awareness, Reduce Consumption

    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 ! With our environment threatened by the depletion of affordable energy sources, Silicon...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Named the Top Third Best Corporate Citizen

    Sharing some news from our corporate citizenship blog to celebrate Microsoft’s ranking as the 3rd Best Corporate Citizen. By Lori Harnick, General Manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs, Microsoft Corporate Responsibility Magazine has announced that Microsoft was named among the Top...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: San Jose Business Journal’s Perks of the Valley Slideshow

    Today, the San Jose Business Journal posted a Perks of the Valley slideshow as part of its continuing coverage on the job market in Silicon Valley. Microsoft is proud to be included in this showcase alongside other Valley tech companies, including Google, eBay, LinkedIn, IMB, Box.net and more. The...
  • Blog Post: Are you ready to be inspired?

    You’ve come to the right place. We are surrounded by terrific sources of inspiration in Silicon Valley, with countless nonprofits that improve the quality of life in our communities. We’d like to celebrate this local spirit of giving with the hopes of inspiring even more community members...
  • Blog Post: Finding the Possible in Impossible

    This post is a part of a series showcasing Silicon Valley organizations that champion positive change in our community. In the post below, we are pleased to feature Opportunity Fund, a Microsoft nonprofit partner that provided expansion funding to Bay Area Medical Academy. Help this organization win...
  • Blog Post: Photo Tour: Canopy and Microsoft Plant 110 Trees for 500 Students in East Palo Alto

    On October 6, more than 500 volunteers of all ages joined Canopy and Microsoft at Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto to plant 110 trees. The newly-planted shade and fruit trees will provide over 500 students at Brentwood Academy with a welcoming learning environment. Trees don’t simply...
  • Blog Post: Summer Resources in Silicon Valley for Teens

    With summer in full swing and school still months away, there are plenty of activities to keep teens active and productive over the summer. Ongoing learning is important for teens, and it can be difficult for parents to keep students engaged while school is out. Luckily, there are several organizations...