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As you ponder the
charitable giving you will be doing for this holiday season, think about giving
a gift that helps others. The list below offers giving possibilities for you to
consider. All of the non-profit agencies listed represent ones where Microsoft
alumni are deeply involved.
In addition, please
consider a gift to the Microsoft Alumni Foundation. A gift at any level to the
Foundation supports the work we do on behalf of our alumni who are out there
making a difference for others.
Empower Young Africans Through the Gift of Higher Education
A gift of $100 gives a
student access to real-world, in-depth projects that challenge him or her to
create innovative, practical solutions to Africa's needs. Double your gift! One
anonymous donor offered a $500,000 challenge through December 31, 2012. If
Ashesi raises that amount, it will be matched!
Ashesi University is a private, not-for-profit institution in
Ghana that has the goal of educating African leaders of exceptional integrity
and professional ability. 2009 Integral Fellow Patrick Awuah, cofounder and
president of Ashesi University, started his profession as a Microsoft program
manager. He left Microsoft to return home to Ghana and start Ashesi University
to educate a new generation of ethical leaders and innovative thinkers with the
skills and courage they need to transform their continent.
Help create great African
the Gift of Social Innovation
Ashoka gift cards empower
others to be Changemakers by allowing them to support the social innovations
that inspire them. Enable your friends, loved ones, and coworkers to participate
in Ashoka's mission and give a gift of impact today!
Ashoka and want to share it with
friends, family,and colleagues?
Give an Ashoka gift card this holiday season so that
your community can learn about Ashoka Fellows and
then choose one to support!
Give a gift of impact
for a Brighter Future
For almost 15 years,
Climate Solutions (CS) has built coalitions across cities and rural communities,
business and labor, environmentalists, and social justice advocates for
practical and profitable solutions to climate change.
CS accomplishments include helping to launch the US Mayors
Climate Agreement, which now includes more than 1,000 cities; to organizing
successful campaigns to pass a series of clean-energy bills; to transitioning
Oregon and Washington off of reliance on coal power; and to creating billions of
investments in local clean economy jobs and energy efficiency savings. CS also
partners with aviation leaders Boeing and Alaska Airlines to fuel their
airplanes with sustainable, regionally produced biofuels.
In addition, CS is
recognized as one of 18 high-impact nonprofits working in the field of climate
change, and the only regional organization on the list, by Guidestar's
Philanthropedia division. Jabe Blumenthal, Climate Solutions' Board co-chair,
received the 2012 Microsoft Alumni Foundation Integral Fellows
Be part of the climate solution
the Gift of Improving Competitive, Quality News in the Pacific
Crosscut News, one of only a handful of national non-profit news organizations
based here in the Pacific Northwest.
Crosscut News is led by former Microsoft General
Manager Greg Shaw, who helped to lead corporate communications at Microsoft
during the 1990s. Like NPR and PBS, Crosscut Public Media Group relies on member
support to fulfill its mission of revealing and strengthening the civic and
cultural life of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.
balanced, and compelling news.
of the region's most important stories is updated on Crosscut's website
throughout the day. Since 2007, Crosscut has been a national pioneer in a new
form of community-owned, independent, and nonpartisan journalism. Every
membership helps us to pave new ground as non-profit online distributors of
a Crosscut member and join a burgeoning group of engaged individuals who believe
in journalism's vital importance in informing, engaging and advancing our
community. Benefits and membership activation is here. Thank you for supporting Crosscut News, a 501
(c)(3) non-profit organization. Membership donations are
Join now and support better
the Japanese American Legacy Project
Densho's mission is to
preserve the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated
during World War II before their memories are extinguished. We offer these
irreplaceable firsthand accounts, coupled with historical images and teacher
resources, to explore the principles of democracy and promote equal justice for
At Densho, you give your money through us not to
us, because we preserve and keep the story alive. Your
donation goes directly to programs that have both short-term and long-term
impact with our audiences. And it does not pay for fundraising specialists,
maintaining and adding to buildings, or the personnel to keep the buildings
open. For example:
- A $100 donation adds 25 historic photographs
and documents to our free website that are used by people in all 50 states and
more than 100 countries. These historic items will be easily seen and used for
- A $300 donation adds an article to the
online Densho Encyclopedia of the Japanese American Incarceration Experience.
This article will be used in the coming year by the hundreds of thousands of
users of the Densho website and by millions in the next decade.
- A $1,000 donation recruits 10 teachers to
Densho's teacher training workshops. After the workshops, an average teacher
will reach 100 students in a year; thousands during a career.
Every dollar donated before
the end of the year will be tripled through matching grants from
the National Park Service (NPS) for us to digitize photographs and documents,
expand the Densho Encyclopedia, and train teachers. 100% of your donation will
go to programs, and its impact will be tripled with the NPS grants.
Support the work of 2011
Integral Fellow Tom Ikeda.
Preserve the Japanese American
to use. Hard not to smile.
This holiday season,
surprise a loved one with a DonorsChoose.org gift card!
They'll get to use the gift
card to donate to a classroom project that inspires them. Then, they'll hear
back from the teacher and students they supported.
Order by Wednesday,
December 19 for guaranteed delivery by Christmas. You can also
get gift cards by email or print-at-home.
Support the work of 2011
Integral Fellow Oliver Hurst-Hiller and make a difference in a classroom
Wishing Well for the World
Give Meaningful Gifts That
Make Wishes Come True!
Your gifts from the Holiday
Wishing Well fulfill two holiday wishes:
- For your loved ones who receive
a meaningful gift that makes an impact.
- For a child, woman, or family in
a developing community whom you help empower to lift themselves out of
Give a Holiday Card
After you make your purchase,
select a printable card or ecard that you can share with your loved one.
Free The Children educates,
engages and empowers youth in North America, the United Kingdom, and around the
world with the tools, knowledge, confidence, and support network to become
ambassadors for change and lead meaningful action.
Give a meaningful gift
for Youth is a micro-giving portal designed to help you fund and follow the
dreams of young people around the word.
your donation, young people can connect with greater opportunities for
education, employment, and entrepreneurship. Give for Youth is a Microsoft
YouthSpark program, in partnership with http://giveforyouth.org.
Gift of Knowledge
a portable, simple-to-use audio device called the Talking Book in the hands of the
poorest population in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Your donation of $100 helps remove many barriers
of poverty for two illiterate families.
Literacy Bridge's innovative Talking Book program gives
parents and their children easy access to on-demand information on sustainable
farming methods and vital health practices. Higher crop yields, improved nutrition, and a
dramatic reduction in preventable deaths result in an improved standard of
living and quality of life for the families and the
support the work of 2010 Integral Fellow Cliff Schmidt and make a lasting
difference in the lives of two or more families with your gift to Literacy
Help these families
a Mona Foundation Gift Card Via Email
Express your thoughts with a personalized Mona
Foundation gift card. Select the amount and customize your card. Then
the recipient receives your thoughts and someone in need receives your gift.
Mona Foundation supports quality
education to all children.
Did you know that for just
$30 per month, you can give the gift of education to a child in Haiti?
With your gift, you'll receive a packet of Mona Foundation
greeting cards featuring one of the students it supports.
Help support the work of 2012 Integral Fellow Mahnaz
Javid and make a difference today!
Educate a child
Helping Traumatized Teens Through Poetry
The Pongo Teen Writing program mentors poetry as a therapy for
teens who have suffered childhood trauma, such as abuse and neglect. The
teens invest themselves in poetry and are helped greatly by the writing
doesn't take much to help.
For $60, you can support 20
free poetry books for youth inside juvenile detention. For $120 you can
support four individual writing sessions.
We would be happy to send
you a beautiful Pongo book as a thank-you gift.
Help support the work of
2010 Integral Fellow Richard Gold and help a deserving
Help a traumatized teen write
One Year of Life Skills and Education to a Girl in Asia or Africa
Support a year of a girl's
education, establish a library, or build a school with Room to Read and give
children across Asia and Africa the gift of literacy and education.
you know that one year of girls' education in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos,
Nepal, Sri Lanka, or Vietnam costs only $250?
World change starts
with educated children.
When Room to Read ensures that a girl who is literate and in
the habit of reading can stay in school, empower her with life skills, and work
with her school and family, we have then made a real, sustained change in her
life and her community. This kind of holistic intervention is genuinely
sustainable, hugely impactful, and can truly grow.
Help support the work of
2009 Integral Fellow John Wood and make a difference in the life of a
Change a child's life
the Difference Your Gift Makes
SeeYourImpact is a
revolutionary way to help those in need around the world and next door.
Give a gift. We'll tell you exactly who you helped and
you can give.
SeeYourImpact provides simple, small gifts that transform peoples'
lives. Gifts like $10 mosquito nets, $60 water filters, and $85
wheelchairs. We'll email the picture of the person
whose life you significantly changed. We'll also send you a story detailing
exactly how your gift made a difference.
Consider starting with
organizations where alumni have made an
impact, but feel free to browse until you find the gift right for
Help support the work done
by Integral Fellows nominee Digvijay Chauhan and transform someone's life
Give a gift that makes a
to Make the World a Better Place
The World Repair Kit is a
comprehensive activity kit for the whole family packed with quick facts and
hands-on activities that empower you to make a difference every day.
everything you'll ever need to make the world a better place--all in one box!
The perfect age group for
this product is 8 to 12 year olds. Get free ship and wrap with code
100% of net proceeds go to The Serena & Lily Foundation, funding
youth initiatives around the world.
Microsoft alum Lily
Kanter opened the retail flagship Microsoft Store in San
Francisco in 1999. She created the World Repair Kit based on what
field sales offices needed to help launch a product: one box with all the
necessary materials in it.
Help someone make the world a
Create Social Change by supporting STEM
Foundation's (TAF's) mission is to equip students of color with the tools for
success in college and life through the power of a STEM (Science, Technology,
and Mathematics) education. Your investment, large or small, directly impacts
are just a few of the ways to aim your change at TAF!
- $1,000 provides 35 hours
of one-to-one support with TAF Academy's College and Family
Engagement Project Manager for college readiness, including parent
and student training and SAT prep, application, and interview
- $500 supplies one robotics
kit and annual replacement parts for a classroom so that students can learn the
basics of computer science and engineering.
- $250 buys science supplies
for a year to serve 100 students.
- $100 buys materials and
supplies for extracurricular and supplemental learning programs for
Support the work of 2009
Integral Fellow Trish Millines Dziko and help transform students'
Equip students with the tools
to succeed now!
Improve Health Systems for the Underserved
For more than ten years,
VillageReach has been improving health systems to help millions who have little
or no access to healthcare. The great majority live in remote communities,
often cut off from government and/or private health services. In these
communities with limited power, transportation and communications, health
workers find it challenging to address the needs of the large, distributed
populations for which they're responsible.
We serve as a catalyst to strengthen and improve the performance of
health systems by applying a comprehensive approach that includes strengthening
health service delivery, enhancing information systems, and investing in social
businesses operated by the local community that provide the infrastructure
needed to support the health system and other local activities. In each of these
areas, VillageReach partners with local health system providers to provide
sustainable improvements in healthcare that strengthen
Help support the work of
2012 Integral Fellow Allen Wilcox and improve the lives of others.
Join us in improving the lives
of the underserved!
the Gift of Education!
Lend today and give a
student in the developing world the education they need to graduate beyond
Give a Vittana
gift card for the amount of your choice. And give someone the
opportunity to send a student to school. Vittana gift cards are the perfect way
to tell someone you care.
Help a student out of poverty
an Orphan Go to School:
Buy a 2013 Calendar
Worldwide Heart to Heart
(WWH2H) started in response to the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane
Mitch and runs an orphanage and its newly opened school. More than 100,000
orphans are in Honduras, and WWH2H is doing its part to help raise some of these
children to be responsible adults and productive citizens in
Dave Fester, a 20-year
Microsoft veteran (Windows, Internet Explorer, Digital Media Division, OEM) left
Microsoft in 2009 and has been helping WWH2H as a board member.
holiday, they are selling a beautiful calendar, and all the profit from the sale
of each calendar goes directly to helping the children.
This calendar will help
fund the school expenses so that each child can get a great
Order one for you, your family,
Does a Non-Profit You Support Need
Consider helping a non-profit
agency get the Microsoft software it needs. The following are two ways to do
Through your Microsoft Alumni Network
account, use any of your remaining balance to the company store to purchase
software on behalf of your organization.
Direct the organization to Tech Soup, where they may
be eligible for deeply discounted software.
Get a Homemade Apple Tart with
Gingerbread Crust When You Join Microsoft Alumni Foundation Founders'
Alumni Foundation Executive Chef and Director Marylou
Brannan will bake a homemade apple tart with gingerbread crust just for you
when you add your name to our Founders' Circle. A
one-time gift of $5,000 will feed
your holiday sugar rush and support the ongoing work of the Alumni Foundation as
we work to catalyze the passion of veteran Microsoft employees to give back to