Microsoft Community Affairs: Unlimited Potential (UP)
Microsoft Community Affairs programs focus on improving the quality of life for underserved individuals around the world. Through monetary grants, software, technology solutions, curriculum donations and employee volunteer hours, Microsoft supports
numerous projects and organizations to expand opportunities through technology access and training. Microsoft has fostered a variety of key community partnerships built on the mutual commitment to find sustainable technology solutions that make real and
lasting differences in people's lives. Microsoft Unlimited Potential (UP) is the primary focus of Microsoft's corporate philanthropy efforts. UP is a global program focused on partnering with others to provide technology skills for underserved young
people and adults through community-based technology and learning centers (CTLCs). Ultimately, Microsoft believes that by providing training and tools, they can partner to create social and economic opportunities that can transform communities and help
people realize their potential.
Non-profit organizations. Microsoft will share resources, innovative technology, and ideas with organizations and individuals who work in underserved communities.
Last year, Microsoft contributed more than US$40 million in cash and US$224 million in software to nearly 5,000 nonprofit organizations. In addition, Microsoft matches donations made by its employees to eligible nonprofit organizations throughout the
United States. Each employee's donations are matched dollar for dollar up to $12,000 each year. Its commitment to communities worldwide is not limited to technology or to cash and software donations. Employee volunteerism is also central to its
philanthropic activities. Microsoft employees give their time, knowledge, and skills through personal involvement with students and leaders of higher education, youth programs, public libraries, nonprofit organizations, and the creative community.
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