Microsoft Philanthropies

Hour of Code 2017: Unlock an Exciting New World by Taking a ‘Hero’s Journey’

by Mary Snapp - Corporate Vice President and Head of Microsoft Philanthropies
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In a few weeks, people around the world will celebrate Computer Science Education Week. Millions of kids and others will participate in an Hour of Code, a global call to action to spend an hour learning the basics of coding.

Blackbaud and Microsoft to Strengthen Strategic Partnership to Digitally Transform the Nonprofit Sector

Social good software leader Blackbaud bets big on Microsoft Azure as the two companies plan to go deeper on integrations, innovation and sector leadership to scale global good
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BALTIMORE, Md., October 18, 2017 /3BL Media/ - As part of bbcon 2017, Blackbaud (Nasdaq: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), plan to expand their partnership in support of their mutual goals to digitally transform the nonprofit sector.

Microsoft Philanthropies Donates $1B in Cloud Tech to Nonprofits, Aims to Triple Impact

By Justin Spelhaug, General Manager, Microsoft Philanthropies
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The demands on nonprofits are perhaps greater today than ever. That’s why, in early 2016, Microsoft Philanthropies committed to donating $1 billion in cloud computing resources, over three years, to help 70,000 nonprofit organizations digitally scale their impact and serve the public good. Today, we’re proud to share that nonprofit demand for cloud solutions has dramatically exceeded our expectations.

Education Bridging the Digital Divide for Refugees in Malawi

By Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer of HP Inc. and Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Philanthropies
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Malawi, Africa is one of the most underserved nations in the world—over one half of Malawians live on just one dollar per day. Close to 40,000 people currently residing in Malawi are refugees, and 28,000 of them now call the Dzaleka Refugee Camp home after fleeing from genocide and political insecurities in their countries.

One way to empower refugees to break the cycle of poverty is by bridging the digital divide through education—and that’s where HP and Microsoft come in.

Technology for Human Rights: UN Human Rights Office Announces Landmark Partnership with Microsoft

As communities around the world face continuing human rights challenges, the agreement demonstrates the potential to use technology to help tackle issues, and highlights the opportunity for greater private-sector support for the work of the UN Human Right
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GENEVA and REDMOND, Wash., May 16, 2017 /3BL Media/ - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday announced a landmark five-year partnership with Microsoft Corp. As part of the agreement, Microsoft will provide a grant of $5 million (USD) to support the work of the UN Human Rights Office. This represents an unprecedented level of support from a private-sector organization.

Inspiring Girls to Stay in STEM and #MakeWhatsNext

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As a new college graduate, my first job was to speak at high schools across the U.S. to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. As part of this program, called “Previews of Progress,” I demonstrated “new” technologies in areas like lasers, turbine engines and hydraulics to get students excited about the possibilities.

Congratulations to the 2016 Citizens Finalists for Best Commitment to Education

Learn why the GM Foundation, Lockheed Martin, and Microsoft Philanthropies are the 2016 Citizens Finalists for Best Commitment to Education
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The Best Commitment to Education Program Corporate Citizenship Award recognizes strategic work to improve educational outcomes for students around the world. Read on to learn more about the significant, positive impacts these businesses have had in communities, locally and globally.

Learn more about their programs and join us at the 2016 Corporate Citizenship Conference and Awards on November 16—17 to see who wins!

Bringing More Cloud Power to Serve Nonprofits

Microsoft Philanthropies makes Azure broadly available for eligible nonprofits
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By Mary Snapp, President, Microsoft Philanthropies

As the reach and capabilities of cloud computing continue to expand, so too does its potential to better serve the people and organizations working to address vital issues facing our planet and its populations. More and more, we are seeing nonprofit organizations utilize the fuller capabilities of the cloud to pursue their missions. And, as the examples below demonstrate, the cloud is unlocking benefits such as insight, agility and operational efficiency that are enhancing nonprofits’ ability to help those who need it most.

Microsoft Announces YouthSpark Grants to 100 Nonprofit Partners in 55 Countries

Sparking opportunity for all youth around the globe
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Sometimes all it takes is a spark: that one class, that one teacher, that one project which makes a difference. It can change the lives of young students who may have had little opportunity to excel, or perhaps even to complete high school, to enable them to become successful engineers, entrepreneurs or computer scientists. This is the inspiration behind our global YouthSpark initiative.

Giving All Students a Chance to Create the Future

State of Rhode Island Announces Computer Science Education Commitment in Partnership with Microsoft TEALS
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Today, I am thrilled to stand with Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as she leads an initiative to bring computer science education to every public K–12 school across Rhode Island. The governor’s focus on computer science provides Microsoft Philanthropies with a great opportunity to partner in helping to achieve our own mission to expand digital inclusion and empowerment for everyone. An important element of that mission is to enable all young people to learn computing skills.

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