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Microsoft Philanthropies has committed more than $1 billion in cloud services in its first year

Mary Snapp, the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Philanthropies, today detailed that Microsoft Philanthropies has committed more than $1 billion in cloud services in its first year. The full impact letter, which can be seen here, dives into the deep details of Microsoft Philanthropies and covers the areas in which the program has transformed the way nonprofits deliver impact, given educational opportunities to empower the next generation, and supported those who are responding to humanitarian crises.

Overall, Microsoft Philanthropies, which was created to realize the promise and potential of technology for everyone has donated $465 million to 71,000 organizations worldwide. The organization also raised $142 million through the Microsoft employee giving program, benefitting 19,000 nonprofits and schools. With total contributions of more than $650 million in 2016, other highlights of the activities of Microsoft Philanthropies from last year can be seen below.

  • Committing $1 billion in cloud services for nonprofits and researchers to support the public good, and to date, donating $465 million to 71,000 organizations;
  • Delivering connectivity to remote schools, health clinics and community centers in 11 countries through the innovative use of “TV white spaces”;
  • Expanding access to computer science education to 225 U.S. high schools;
  • Providing more than $30 million in technology and cash donations to organizations serving refugees and displaced people; and,
    raising a record $142 million through our employee giving program, benefitting 19,000 nonprofits and schools.

Mary Snapp is proud of what was achieved at Microsoft Philanthropies, and writes that she inspired by the impact of the program.

I’m proud of what we achieved at Microsoft Philanthropies in our first year. More than that, I am inspired by the impact that the nonprofits and researchers we support are having as they work to make the world a better place. While we made good progress, one is thing is very clear to me—at Microsoft Philanthropies, we must do more.

We invite you to read Mary Snapp’s full letter here. We also would like you to know that the Microsoft Philanthropies program is committed to doing everything that is possible to ensure that the evolution of technology leads to a world that is more prosperous, more fair, and more inclusive. Once you’ve checked it out, let us know what you think by dropping us a comment below!

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