Microsoft Local Impact Map

Show the world the good work you do

The Microsoft Corporate Citizenship team is pleased to offer a white-label version of our popular Local Impact Map through a new Azure-based platform. This application is designed as a rich storytelling platform to help organizations around the world display their vast community investments. With our blending of the latest Bing Maps technology and the self-service cloud computing powered by Windows Azure, you can create a unique visual experience that highlights your philanthropic work around the world. Enter and manage your organization's community impact through a robust content management system (CMS). The CMS offers a sophisticated workflow, allowing you to assign users different publishing roles through a Microsoft account (previously Windows Live ID) login. Deployment does not require any development work by your IT department, you simply apply an embed code to an HTML web page to view your own custom map.

Who is this for?

  • Nonprofit or Educational Organizations. Tell stories of your community investments at a local, regional, or global level.
  • Commercial or For-Profit Organizations. Publish examples of your corporate citizenship, community affairs, philanthropic, or other corporate social responsibility efforts.


The Local Impact Map is easy to use and deploy. Simply sign in to the cloud-based CMS by using a Microsoft account, add your stories, and publish. The map is a HTML5 application, so you can add it to your own webpages by using simple embed code generated in the CMS.

Publishing Workflow

Key features & technologies

Show your organization’s impact around the world or in local communities. Tell your stories with rich photos and videos, mapped anywhere in the world.

The Local Impact Map enables you to:

  • Geo-locate stories by using the power of Bing Maps.
  • Deploy by adding simple embed object code to an existing webpage—no development needed.
  • Create custom tours and easily share them for marketing or sales purposes.
  • Use Microsoft Tag to view stories on mobile devices.

The Local Impact Map provides:

  • A powerful backend story management system that uses Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and DataMarket.
  • A simple yet robust CMS that uses Microsoft account to enable submissions from both internal and external partners.
  • A scalable user interface that enables you to share thousands of stories through one rich application.
  • Discoverability through touch-enabled and surface monitors.

The Local Impact Map uses:

  • HTML5 as the basis of the rich-media web application.
  • Bing Map APIs to provide a rich, immersive map experience.
  • Windows Azure and SQL Azure database architecture for the cloud-based content management system.
  • Microsoft Tag to enable the use of mobile devices to view stories.

Getting started

  • 1 Get a Microsoft account if you don’t already have one.
  • 2 Sign in to Windows Azure Marketplace by using your Microsoft account.
  • 3 Search for the Local Impact Map, and then subscribe.
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  • 4 Click on your Local Impact Map publishing tool link, sent to you after you subscribe.
  • 5 Sign into the tool and you’re ready to add users, define your programs and add stories.
  • 6Customize your map with your organization’s links, logos & colors.

Customize your map

Add a custom logo, links, and colors through the Local Impact Map tool.

Customize Your Map


Getting help


Local Impact Map FAQ
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What is the Local Impact Map?
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Is the Local Impact Map suitable for an organization that works only in one particular region?
What languages does the Local Impact Map support?
How can my organization share stories that are part of the Local Impact Map?
How do I control access to the Local Impact Map Publishing tool?
What are the different roles and permissions available in the Local Impact Map Publishing tool?
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How does the mapping work?
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