Microsoft’s Employees Raised Record-Breaking $113 Million for Nonprofits in 2013


By: Brad Smith, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft.

The past year has been a busy one at Microsoft – and not just because of new products, a new acquisition and a new CEO. It has also been a busy time for our employees and their support of the nonprofit community.

In fact, 2013 was a record-breaking year! Microsoft’s employees raised $113 million for 19,123 nonprofit organizations worldwide. Amidst Microsoft’s transformation, the value of community involvement continues to define us as employees.

Microsoft: Nurturing Communities Through Citizenship Programs


Through its Citizenship efforts, Microsoft has the opportunity to help build and nurture communities in the more than 100 countries/regions around the world where it has a presence. The company is focused on addressing an “opportunity divide” among young people around the world—a gap between those who have the access, skills, and opportunities to be successful and those who do not.

Flexible and Genuine: Building a Strong Signature Program


The 2013 CECP Summit: Ahead, Together, brought chairs of foundations, CEOs, and corporate responsbility experts to NYC to discuss how to make corporate giving more effective. At a session on June 4, Eva Tansky Blum, EVP & Director of Community Affairs at PNC Bank and Lori Forte Harnick, General Manager for Citizenship & Public Affairs at Microsoft shared their insights during Adapting Signature Programs to New Realities, a panel moderated by Carol Cone, Global Practice Chair of Edelman Business + Social Purpose for Edelman.

Africa: Elections, Technology… and CSR?


The Corporation Next Door


If your hometown is the seat of a corporation’s headquarters, I bet you are mildly happy about it.  You probably know that the headquarters means jobs.  Maybe the corporation even named a local stadium.  For most people though, that’s probably the extent of your thought on the subject.  But have you ever stopped to think that the members of that corporation might consider it their hometown too?  And just like you, they want their hometown to thrive.  Want proof?  Based on our current sample of 1,243 initiatives catalogued by our Business for Good Project, 12% of projects were conducted with

Youth Underemployment and Economic Opportunity Trending at #CGI2012


BCLC’s Taryn Bird (@tarynebird) is reporting in from New York this week, where global development events including the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting and the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Meetings are taking place. Bruce Jones, senior fellow for foreign policy at Brookings, talks about what’s next after the UNGA meetings in the video below. Meanwhile, Taryn has provided some insight into what’s next for some of the world’s major employers.

New Insight from the Business for Good Map: Intel & Microsoft


As the Research Manager at BCLC I’m excited to report we have the initial findings from our Business for Good project. Conducted with the Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC), this project is increasing understanding of how major companies are positively impacting communities around the globe.

Your Peers Have Won This Award – Why You Should Apply, Too


As we recently described in a Huffington Post piece titled “A Movement to Reward Social Problem Solvers,"  the Chamber BCLC’s annual Corporate Citizenship Awards are all about recognizing business solutions that make a difference.

3 Bold Methods for Turning Capacity into Impact


Companies that make an impact fitting of their capacity also dare to be bold.  They dream a dream big enough to capture the hearts of their stakeholders and they make a robust action plan to that realize that dream

Tech for Good: Microsoft's Alliance for Disaster Management


Microsoft and its Citizenship team last week unveiled a new nonprofit alliance to enhance disaster relief management. The partnership with the Aidmatrix Foundation, a supply chain management humanitarian organization, is part of Microsoft's efforts to support disaster response organizations through the use of information and communications technology. As part of the partnership, Aidmatrix Foundation will use a variety of Windows Azure and Bing Maps-based technologies to provide dynamic maps, social media information, photos and video content.


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