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We’re making a difference by expanding social and economic opportunities across America.

Published: May 5, 2009

Clay Street Computer Learning Center
Learn about its after-school program and summer camp for youngsters, and its valuable computer resources for adults in the Clay Street community of Annapolis, Maryland.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
Read about its annual two-day CyberSummit that exposes teens to technologies in a fun, social and noncompetitive way.

Microsoft Giving
Learn about the company’s many community engagements and investments.

Many Microsoft employees share a passion for making a difference by volunteering and contributing to efforts that improve local communities.

Even as the economy took a tumble last year, our 2008 Employee Giving Program raised a record $87.7 million for more than 16,000 nonprofit organizations, large and small, as part of our commitment to help advance social and economic opportunities where we work and live.

This year, for example, Microsoft employees lent a helping hand to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston when lack of funding threatened to force cancellation of the Clubs’ annual CyberSummit, where local students ages 12-18 create and exhibit their often very ingenious technology projects. Microsoft employees organized a raffle and silent auction to support the CyberSummit, and their contributions, matched by Microsoft, assisted the Club in holding a successful event.

Another example is the Clay Street Computer Learning Center in Annapolis, Maryland, whose after-school and summer school programs provide a safe and nurturing learning environment for children. The Clay Street lab also provides computer training classes for seniors and for people out of work, to help them find jobs.

Through partnerships with government and non-governmental organizations, Microsoft supports many workforce development and technology skills training programs. Our passion is sharing and extending the benefits of technology and helping people everywhere realize their potential.

During good and tough economic times, we’re committed to making a difference.

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