Microsoft Canada

Microsoft Canada

October 18, 2010 09:10 ET

Dozens of Organizations Benefit From New, Collaborative Approach to Corporate Giving From Microsoft Canada

Social Innovation Investments and Collaboration With Canadian Organizations Lead to Great Benefits for Those in Need

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 18, 2010) - Microsoft Canada last year invested over $20 million in software, cash and curriculum in Canada to local organizations to support programs around the globe, and encouraged hundreds of its employees to volunteer in their local communities. Between July 2009 and July 2010, Microsoft Canada worked closely with dozens of organizations, including Earth Rangers, Children's Miracle Network, Tim Hortons Children's Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Right to Play and Kids Help Phone to help them apply innovative solutions to a range of challenges. Microsoft Canada's latest recipient has been The Canadian Red Cross.

Recent software donations totalling over five-million dollars to the Canadian Red Cross have assisted the organization with disaster relief programs in both Haiti and Pakistan. Through collaborating with Microsoft Canada's corporate citizenship team, the Canadian Red Cross has established improved communications in the office and on the ground.

"In any disaster, quick response is crucial to stabilizing an environment. What Microsoft enabled us to do in Haiti was so successful, we've leveraged that same technology to help with disaster relief in Pakistan," said Almin Surani, CIO, the Canadian Red Cross. "Leveraging a centralized platform as the back engine for our relief efforts has allowed our teams to better collaborate, maintain consistent documentation, track supplies and provide more streamlined relief efforts on the ground to those in need."

Before the Haitian earthquake catastrophe, Microsoft Canada worked with the Canadian Red Cross to implement Microsoft SharePoint® software that has helped to centralize and share important information and resources throughout the organization's Canadian offices. Access to real time data supports the organization's efforts in disaster zones from tracking equipment to managing team deployments.

In Canada, Microsoft has a corporate giving philosophy that goes beyond financial donations. The Canadian team is championing innovative and collaborative forms of philanthropy to ensure the entire organization can participate and demonstrate a culture of social responsibility.

"The nature of corporate giving is changing," said Gavin Thompson, Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft Canada. "Our philosophy is to help increase resources available to organizations that are impacting societal issues across Canada. Beyond resources, Microsoft is further dedicated to collaborating with these organizations to develop innovative yet tangible solutions that enable them to be more effective in their work."

Microsoft Canada has an ongoing commitment to investing in local organizations that can make a big impact in Canadian communities, as well as across the globe. Additional information about initiatives supported by Microsoft Canada's corporate citizenship program can be found online at

About Microsoft Canada

Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit

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