Monday Buzz: Microsoft Announces Tech Talent for Good Program
With its latest nonprofit initiative, Microsoft is looking to help organizations' IT teams and bottom lines. Plus: The final verdict on #TheDress.
Is your nonprofit lacking in IT expertise? You’re far from alone, and with the announcement of a new initiative, Microsoft is ramping up its efforts to solve that problem for many organizations. Late last week, the tech giant announced its Tech Talent for Good program, which partners its expert employees with nonprofits in need of a helping hand.
“Microsoft’s new Tech Talent for Good program will encourage and enable our employees to bring their technical talents to bear against this challenge. Working with a number of nonprofit partners, including Taproot Foundation, an organization that specializes in skills-based volunteering, we will actively identify technology projects and help manage the engagement between nonprofit organizations and our employee volunteers,” Kathleen Hogan, executive vice president of human resources; and Brad Smith, general counsel and executive vice president of legal and corporate affairs, said in a statement.
For now, Microsoft’s efforts are focused on nonprofits within its native Washington, such as Washington FIRST Robotics, Food Lifeline and the Seattle Aquarium. But Microsoft has pledged that efforts will expand beyond the Pacific Northwest.
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