A. Microsoft Philanthropies' mission is to empower nonprofits and communities to realize the potential of technology. Three social impact pillars underlie our work: - Drive inclusive economic growth globally

  • Use technology to solve big societal problems
  • Earn trust and adapt to regulation

Our activities include:

1. Digital Skills

  • Skills for jobs
  • Cybersecurity skilling
  • Computer science education - Skills for nonprofits
  • Skills for sustainability

2. Digital Transformation

  • Scale nonprofit sales and partner ecosystem
  • Nonprofit and IGO reach
  • Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit
  • Technology solutions to solve big societal problems

3. Community Engagement

  • Economic opportunity and job creation
  • Employee giving and volunteer
  • Disaster response

B. Microsoft Entrepreneurship for Positive Impact supports the entrepreneurs solving our world's most pressing challenges. Through this program, we work primarily with Social Entrepreneurs and Digital Natives with Positive Impact. Factors we consider when evaluating program best-fit includes:

  • Strength of the technology solution and vision for impact
  • Clearly defined methods for measuring social impact
  • Support for traditionally underserved or under-resourced populations in the applicant's community of practice
  • Engagement with and impact on local social impact issues
  • Alignment to our 4 focus areas: Quality Education (SDG 4); Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8); Climate Action (SDG 13); and Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions (SDG 16).