Our commitments

In June 2020, Microsoft made a multiyear commitment to address racial injustice and inequity, but the work doesn’t stop there. The Racial Equity Initiative focuses on three efforts:

2023 Global Diversity & Inclusion Report

This report measures progress on our commitments to increase representation and strengthen a culture of inclusion at Microsoft and beyond.

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Progress to date

We are committed to working towards long-term systemic change. Learn more about our progress to date below and in our 2023 Racial Equity Initiative Report.

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Justice reform

In June 2020, we committed $50 million over five years to strengthen and expand our existing Justice Reform Initiative. To date, we’ve established more than 130 distinct partnerships with more than 100 unique organizations, working to provide alternatives to incarceration, accelerate innovative models of public safety, and expand access to data-driven insights. Together, these organizations have improved access to data-driven insights in more than 200 communities across the US, which led to implementation policy or practice changes in many of these communities.

As part of our commitment to expanding access to data-driven insights, for example, we support Prosecutorial Performance Indicators which is working with eight District Attorney’s offices in Colorado to help identify opportunities to proactively reduce racial and ethnic disparities. Colorado is the first state in the country to have multiple prosecutors’ offices working together to proactively provide an in-depth data analysis to identify and prioritize actions that can be taken at points of prosecutorial discretion to make sure defendants and victims are treated fairly. To ensure accountability, each office identified key takeaways and a set of next steps based on the analyses. For instance, one jurisdiction submitted a proposal to further expand diversionary programs as a result of the analysis, which can have significant long-term impacts on public safety, crime rates, and overall cost efficiencies.


We grew our Nonprofit Tech Acceleration for Black and African American Communities program, which uses data, technology, and partnerships to help more than 2,300 local organizations across the country modernize and streamline operations with technical solutions including licensing, discounts, implementation consulting and concierge services.

The program works with organizations large and small at all stages, including startup nonprofits. To date, we have helped more than 2,600 local organizations across more than 1,700 communities accelerate their missions and drive greater impact through digital transformation. We’re currently tracking towards our long-term goal of helping more than 25,000 nonprofits.

Broadband connectivity

Our partnerships and projects drive adoption of affordable broadband services, computing devices, and digital literacy across 14 geographies—Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Charlotte, Cleveland, Detroit, El Paso, Los Angeles, Memphis, Milwaukee, New York and rural Alabama, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Using the power of Microsoft’s data and technology, our new Digital Equity Data Dashboard enables policymakers to identify broadband gaps and target public investments for communities most in need, including state broadband offices such as Louisiana (“Connect Louisiana”) and Michigan (Michigan High-Speed Internet Office).

Some of the largest broadband gaps are fueled by lack of affordable service options. The FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a powerful tool to help address the affordability challenge. To increase awareness and enrollment in the ACP, we collaborated with Communications Workers of America marshaling Microsoft employees and partners to implement a five-city event series entitled, “Get Connected,” leaning into new funding to address affordability. Local and national nonprofit partners, such as EveryoneOn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee, and Black Churches 4 Digital Equity, a Multicultural Media, Telecom, and Internet Council (MMTC) coalition, also convened affordable broadband enrollment events and digital skills for adoption programs.

Driving connectivity efforts further—Airband partners are using the power of connectivity to deliver digital solutions for community-specific challenges. In Charlotte, Airband partner Open Broadband provides connectivity for Black-owned firm Druid to use the power of Azure to address food insecurity. We are also working with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), which are important anchor institutions, to use connectivity to digitally transform surrounding neighborhoods that are often broadband deserts. As part of this work, in the Black Rural South, our HBCU project with Tuskegee University (AL) offers no-cost, virtual telemedicine access on-campus for students, faculty, and residents, while Prairie View A&M University (TX) leverages their precision agriculture research capabilities using Azure-based platforms.

Skills and education

Through our Technology Education and Learning Support (TEALS) program, we have expanded access to computer science education in more than 500 schools across 21 racial equity expansion regions providing computer science education to high school students with the support of more than 10 percent of the 1,500+ volunteers identifying as Black and African American for the 2022-2023 school year.

We completed the third year of programming for 50 nonprofit workforce development and digital skilling groups led by and serving Black and African American communities accounting for $15 million in grants, capacity-building support, and tech enablement services that have reached nearly 40,000 people.

Of the 50 organizations, 49 were new grantees to Microsoft, including the Hidden Genius Project in Oakland, which trains and mentors young Black men in technology creation and entrepreneurship; and TechBridge in Atlanta, which aims to break the cycle of poverty through the innovative use of technology.

We have also given $10 million in grants to 18 HBCUs and associations to support curriculum development, student scholarships and mentoring, faculty training, and virtual learning.

It takes all of us

Meet some of the employees who are working on our Racial Equity Initiative.

News and stories

See the latest news, announcements, and stories about our progress.

Additional resources

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Microsoft Media Relations, WE Communications, (425) 638-7777, rrt@we-worldwide.com