Community Involvement

Microsoft has a passion for helping the community in which we live and work and we support this passion in a variety of ways. From our annual Giving Campaign to matching employee’s gifts of time and money, our employees aim to make a difference in their communities every day. Giving is ingrained in our culture and our employees will tell you, it’s one of the most rewarding—not to mention fun—aspects of our jobs.

Microsoft and its employees contribute to the community in which they live by bringing the benefits of information technology to people and organizations throughout the community. Through our efforts we strive to create an environment that fosters Diversity & Inclusion and belonging. The AOC makes an impact and contributes to the communities in which we work through more than 20+ signature outreach programs and events, managed and funded each year through our core Site Pillar Programs.

Our core Pillar areas include Employee Experience (People & Site), GIVE (Charitable & Volunteerism) and Education (K-12, Higher Ed. & Technology). In addition to their day-to-day jobs, our employees lead various project teams under these priority areas, striving to make a measurable impact in the community. For more information or questions about Microsoft’s Northern Nevada community involvement, charitable giving or local corporate sponsorships please contact AOC Communications. For information about Microsoft Corporation’s Citizenship initiatives please visit Microsoft Corporate Citizenship.


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Employee Morale Events
Each year, the AOC site hosts a variety of Employee Site Morale Events including the Summer Picnic (August), Day of Giving and Winter Party (January).
 
AOC Organization Health
This group manages ongoing site training, development and internal awards within Microsoft Operations. Activities such as career week provide employees ample opportunities to take part in learning opportunities.
 
Employee Wellness Team
This pillar project and initiative aims to improve the overall wellness of employees through a variety of tactics and programs such as Site Wellness, Health Programs, Mindfulness Training, 5k walk/runs to name a few.
 
Diversity & Inclusion Council
Reno Diversity & Inclusion Council was formed with priorities including: Promote D&I at the site by organizing social/speaker discussion events, raising awareness of all cultural celebrations; Hiring Strategy: increasing Diversity in recruiting; Represent Microsoft in Reno/Northern Nevada Diversity Groups. 
 
Women in Operations 
This is a site wide group that unites women and men in operations functions to connect, learn and grow by providing hands on workshops, training and executive speakers from within and outside the company.
 
Northern Nevada Women in Technology
The Northern Nevada Women in Technology (WIT) is the first and only forum of its kind in the region and aims to develop female leaders, provide networking and knowledge sharing opportunities through strong collaboration across technology companies in the area. Microsoft hosts a few events on-site each year involving employees from other regional companies.
 
AOC New@Microsoft Community
A community for employees to better assimilate themselves into Microsoft, its culture and people. Promotes opportunities and benefits from the company and/or the surrounding geographical area.

IT Makeover Campaign

In its 13th year, the IT Makeover campaign is a joint project between Microsoft and BluePeak Technology Solutions in which each provide $10,000 ($20K all up) worth of technology enhancements and upgrades to deserving, local nonprofit recipients. Recipients are selected from an application pool throughout northern Nevada and based on an application they are required to submit describing their needs, mission, and objectives in addition to how their organization would use the IT Makeover contribution to better serve the northern Nevada region. The final selections are made by a panel made up of Microsoft and BluePeak volunteer team members. Over the past 12 years, a total of $270,000 has been awarded to more than 30 local nonprofit recipients. For more information visit the official page of the IT Makeover Campaign or contact AOC Communications. Watch the promotion video for our 13th annual IT Makeover Campaign
 
Giving Campaign
Through the matching contributions program, Microsoft allows its employees to direct corporate contributions to thousands of nonprofit organizations working to improve lives in the United States and around the world. Donations that U.S.-based employees make to eligible nonprofits are matched dollar for dollar by the company, up to $15,000 each year. Every year, Microsoft dedicates the month of October to helping charities with our annual Giving Campaign. Events are held throughout the month. Each event is aligned to a specific nonprofit organization who receives all the revenues raised from that event plus a match of donations from Microsoft. The annual Giving Campaign allows our employees to show their passion for building stronger communities. In addition to matching employee financial donations, Microsoft matches time that our employees volunteer in the community, donating an annually designated amount per hour to the eligible organizations they serve. It is our hope that this employee benefit will have a great impact in our local community, supporting our employees in their gifts of time as well as money for the organizations they serve. For more information about the Microsoft Reno Giving Campaign, contact AOC Communications.
 
Annual Microsoft Charity Golf Tournament
Nationally, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Microsoft have enjoyed a long-standing relationship built on Microsoft’s philosophy of corporate philanthropy. Add in the generosity of our local tournament sponsors and employees who play and the results are obvious – a significant amount of money raised to do good for our community's greatest asset: the children. With this in mind, Microsoft's Annual Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows is held each year in the month of August at the award-winning Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed Lakes Course at Red Hawk Golf and Resort. This is truly one of the finest events of its kind in northern Nevada, a high quality tournament with an exclusive field of 128 players. All proceeds from the event will benefit the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. For more information about the 12th Annual Microsoft Charity Golf Tournament please contact AOC Communications
 
Microsoft Employee Volunteer Program
Microsoft believes in supporting our employees’ acts of giving and the organizations that inspire them. Microsoft's Employee Engagement Programs are designed to honor the diversity of employee giving at Microsoft by supporting a broad spectrum of organizations and institutions. Microsoft will process and match employee gifts to all eligible U.S. based nonprofit organizations and educational institutions with a U.S. Department of Treasury 501(c) (3) public charity status. Donations are matched dollar for dollar, up to the limits of each employee’s annual $15,000 charitable matching benefit across the programs.
  • Matching Gift Programs: Microsoft's Matching Gifts program is year-round and when employees donate cash, stock, or Microsoft products to the institution of their choice, Microsoft will match with an equivalent donation.
  • Giving Campaign: The Microsoft Employee Giving Campaign is dedicated to raising awareness and generating contributions for nonprofit organizations. During October, we encouraged our employees to partner with Microsoft to promote the causes that inspire them.
  • Microsoft Volunter Program: Each U.S. employees' annual matching benefit includes a match for gifts of time as well as money. When employees volunteer in the community, Microsoft will donate $25 per hour to the eligible organizations they serve.
 
 
 

Junior Achievement of Northern Nevada
A national Microsoft partner, Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating young people about financial literacy, work readiness and free entrepreneurship. With JA programs, the curriculum is provided and then taught by volunteers (in this case, Microsoft employees).

 

High School Engagement Program
This project is designed to host local high schools, identified by WCSD’s Signature & CTE Program (generally 5-8 Signature Academies) at our site to provide insight into potential careers in technology and to provide advice to kids about a “typical” day at Microsoft and life/career lessons, in addition to lining up hands-on tech, team building and career content and demos.

 

DigiGirlz Camp
Since its inception in 2000, Microsoft Corporation developed the DigiGirlz Technology Program series to inspire girls to explore careers in the technology field. Microsoft hopes that by introducing girls to the opportunities and career choices available to them, more college-bound young women will consider computing science and computer engineering majors and pursue degrees that will ultimately narrow the gender gap in the technology industry. Organized and run by Microsoft employee volunteers- the Microsoft DigiGirlz Programs have proven to be an invaluable tool for getting young girls excited about technology. Educating and inspiring the next generation of women IT leaders by introducing them to the considerable opportunities and career choices available to them. This event is one of Microsoft’s core efforts to invest in STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) education for women and build a pipeline of future workers ready for the challenges of the global economy. For more information about the upcoming DigiGirlz Camp please contact AOC Communications

 
University of Nevada, Reno College of Business (Corporate Partnership)
The Corporate Partners Program is a partnership that brings long-term benefits and a competitive edge to the College of Business (COB), Microsoft, and the state and region. As a Corporate Partner, Microsoft joins a select group of local companies impacting business education, innovative scholarships, and workforce development in our region. Microsoft enjoys participating in on-campus events, including networking and recruitment opportunities as well as sponsoring the annual “Business Week BBQ” on campus to share our story. Since 2007, the partnership has provided a strong pool of talent for our Internship Program.