Making an impact across Washington State
Microsoft invests in the continued health and vitality of Washington State by advancing community initiatives that aim to make our home state a great place to work and live.
Our commitment and approach
At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. That is why we have worked for decades to enhance economic growth, create opportunities for everyone to participate in that growth, and protect and improve the quality of life enjoyed by Washington residents.
Preparing people for the future of work
The workplace is changing, and so are the skills needed to succeed. Microsoft envisions a future where all students are prepared for college, work, and where all adults have access to the skills and resources they need to pursue 21st-century jobs.
Promoting inclusion and accessibility
Microsoft believes that people's diverse skills, passions, perspectives, and experiences make our company, initiatives, products, and communities better.
Strengthening our communities
Enable affordable housing
Rapid advancement in technology is creating new opportunities in a digital economy. But for many, these opportunities remain out of reach. We are working to ensure all people can benefit from the opportunities of a changing economy, and that our state has a thriving business climate that fosters continued growth, innovation, and opportunity for all.
Enabling nonprofit digital transformation
Recognizing the critical role nonprofits play in our communities, the Microsoft Tech for Social Impact program is committed to ensuring technology helps them achieve greater impact.
Supporting quality of life for Washington residents
Microsoft also makes donations to nonprofits focused on offering critical health and human services, enriching lives through arts and culture, and increasing civic engagement.
Promoting employee engagement
Microsoft encourages our employees to give their time, money, and skills to the issues they are passionate about―in their own backyard and beyond.
Fostering economic opportunity
Rapid advancement in technology is creating new opportunities in a digital economy. But for many, these opportunities remain out of reach. We are working to ensure that all people can benefit from the opportunities of a changing economy and that our state has a thriving business climate that fosters continued growth, innovation, and opportunity for all.
Partnering to build the Cascadia Innovation Center
The Cascadia Innovation Corridor links Vancouver, British Columbia; Puget Sound; and Portland, Oregon, to support increased economic opportunity and prosperity beyond what any one of these cities or regions could achieve independently.
Expanding opportunities in rural communities
Microsoft is committed to expanding economic opportunity in rural communities through its Airband Initiative, which will bring broadband connectivity to 2 million people in rural America by 2022.
Microsoft TechSpark aims to foster greater economic opportunity and job creation through investments in the North Central Basin of Washington, including Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, and Grant counties.
Protecting our region and the planet
Microsoft is committed to leveraging technology to solve urgent environmental issues, both in Washington state and around the world.
Reducing single-occupancy vehicle commutes
As one of the largest employers in the state, we recognize the importance of addressing transportation challenges and identifying smart solutions together with labor, environmental, and transit organizations.
Building a modern and energy-efficient campus
As part of our ongoing commitment to our employees and the community, we recently announced a significant initiative to modernize our Redmond campus.