As a global leader in technology, Microsoft has an opportunity and a responsibility to apply its expertise in software to helping people, particularly people in underserved communities. Microsoft has a long history of community engagement, and this has led to many community partnerships around the world.
Since 2003, Microsoft has donated over $78M in cash and free software to Massachusetts not-for-profits. Through monetary grants, software and curriculum donations, technology solutions, and employee volunteer hours, Microsoft supports programs and organizations that address the needs of communities in the greater Boston area.
The Microsoft New England Research & Development Center is proud to be based in the city of Cambridge. Microsoft supports programs and organizations to help address the particular needs of the Cambridge community.
Citizen Schools partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for low-income children across the country. Since 1995, students at Citizen Schools have developed the academic and leadership skills they need to succeed in high school, college, the workplace, and civic life. Visit CitizenSchools.org.
One of the world's largest science centers, the Museum of Science takes a hands-on approach to science, attracting approximately 1.5 million visitors a year through its vibrant programs and over 700 interactive exhibits. Highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, home of the world's largest air-insulated Van de Graaff generator; the Charles Hayden Planetarium; the Mugar Omni Theater, a 180-degree IMAX® domed theatre; and the Gordon Current Science & Technology Center (GCS&T), which offers breaking news stories to the public with interpretation by Museum staff. In 2004, the Museum launched the National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL)®—helping facilitate a nationwide expansion of technology literacy by working with regional schools, offering educational products and programs for pre-K-12 students and teachers, creating curricula, and supporting an online resource center. mos.org
The Boston Public Schools serves more than 56,000 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students in 143 schools, and in 2006 won the Broad Prize for Urban Education as the top city school district in the country. bostonpublicschools.org
Since its founding in 1893, BGCB has provided high-impact, affordable programs and services that enable youth circumstances to mature into productive, caring and responsible adults. Today, BGCB gives more than 14,000 children and teens who need us most a safe place to go, ongoing relationships with caring adults, and life enhancing programs and experiences that build strong character and leadership qualities. We help them stay safe when they need it most– after school, on weekends, during the summer – and where they need it most – in communities with prevalent crime, poverty and substance abuse. We provide hope and opportunity for young people, ages 6 to 18, in nine Clubs, through our Youth Service Providers Network and at Camp Harbor View. The agency’s six core programs focus on education; technology; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; life skills and leadership development. BGCB is an affiliate of Boys & Girls Clubs of America and The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. For more information, visit us on the web at bgcb.org.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County’s (BGCMC) mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. BGCMC’s primary goal is to provide a safe haven after school and during the summer when at-risk children are most likely to avoid homework and productive learning activities and become involved in negative behaviors. Four Clubhouses serve a high concentration of children who are low income and lack mentors, yet eagerly participate in an inventory of carefully designed academic, prevention, technology, arts and recreation programs. Nearly 400 children regularly attend each day which demonstrates BGCMC’s ability to meet its goal by providing a positive learning environment for children who may otherwise fall prey to drug and alcohol use, gang participation, low academic achievement and dropping out of school, or early pregnancy. www.kidsclubs.org
Founded in 1992 as Summerbridge Cambridge, Breakthrough Cambridge is the only year‐round, tuition‐free academic program in Cambridge that serves at‐risk and under‐resourced middle and high school students. Through six years of intensive, out of school time (OST) programming, Breakthrough changes students' academic trajectories and supports them along the path to four‐year college. Simultaneously, Breakthrough builds careers in education through an unparalleled teacher training program for college‐aged students that features competitive national recruitment, research‐based training, and daily coaching from master teachers. Breakthrough’s unique “students teaching students” model inspires college students to become the next generation of urban educators and students to become college graduates. breakthroughcambridge.org
Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts. The College enrolls almost 9,800 students on two campuses and at five satellite locations each semester. Some 2,000 students take classes online. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth. Six in ten students are people of color and more than half of BHCC’s students are women. The College also enrolls more than 690 international students who come from more than 103 countries and speak 75 different languages. bhcc.mass.edu
The Chief Executive Officers’ Club provides opportunities for CEOs of businesses, with a minimum of $2 million in annual revenue, to expand their network of CEO contacts and receive information that could prove critical to their organizations. The Boston Chapter of the CEO Clubs International, Inc. is one of four regional US and four international chapters of a non-profit, educational organization headquartered in New York City. We meet six times a year, usually at the Harvard Club at 374 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. A unique part of our meeting format, in addition to our speakers, is our open roundtable discussions where 3 to 4 CEOs share opportunities and problems with each other and receive valuable feedback. ceoclubofboston.org
The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce (CCC) is a 1,500-member not-for-profit organization representing all sectors of the Cambridge economy. Its diverse membership and deep expertise in government affairs, business development, professional development and business philanthropy attract employers of all sizes. Since its inception, the Chamber has been actively engaging local business leaders in governmental and philanthropic activities, connecting and educating its members, and providing a forum for addressing the needs of the Cambridge business community. cambridgechamber.org
Microsoft is a sponsor and supporter of Cambridge Community Television. CCTV is a public forum for all Cambridge residents, businesses and organizations. CCTV provides training and access to telecommunications technology so that all may become active participants in electronic media. CCTV strives to involve the diverse population of Cambridge as producers and viewers, and to strengthen its efforts through collaborations with a wide variety of community institutions. cctvcambridge.org
Microsoft is a sponsor and supporter of the Food For Free program. Food For Free responds to local hunger by rescuing fresh food that might otherwise go to waste and distributing it within the emergency food system where it can reach those in need. foodforfree.org
The Cambridge Science Festival, the first of its kind in the United States, is a celebration showcasing Cambridge as an internationally recognized leader in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). A multifaceted, multicultural event, the Cambridge Science Festival makes science accessible, interactive and fun, highlighting the impact of STEM in all our lives. cambridgesciencefestival.org
The Children's Trust Fund (CTF) works to prevent child abuse and neglect and strengthen and support families by mobilizing and enabling local community efforts throughout Massachusetts.CTF leads statewide efforts to improve and expand family support programs. We work in partnership with parents, communities, human service agencies, the state and federal governments, and private funders and supporters, using a unique, proven approach to pool all available funding and allocate it to ensure maximum benefit to Massachusetts children and their families for the good of the entire Commonwealth. thechildrenstrust.org
Citizen Schools partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities across the country. By drawing thousands more citizens into schools each year, Citizen Schools promotes student achievement, transforming schools, and re-imagining education in America. Visit CitizenSchools.org.
Cambridge Youth Programs has been in existence for over fifteen years and serves youth ages 9 - 18. As a program we aim to enrich the lives of our young people in a variety of ways including social, recreational and intellectual skill development. CYP's mission is to offer diverse, high quality programs that promote leadership and youth development through enrichment activities, unique experiences, and opportunities to develop relationships with adults and peers. Our programs enable Cambridge youth to thrive and feel a sense of belonging, resulting in young adults who are ready for future employment, higher education, citizenship and adult life. We serve approximately 1000 young people throughout the year (including the summer). These youth attend five different youth centers located throughout the city of Cambridge. cambridgema.gov
CitySprouts creates outdoor classroom gardens for children in urban public schools. As a district-wide program in Cambridge, MA, CitySprouts provides on-site learning gardens and critical support for over 200 teachers in science, math, literacy and other subjects outside throughout the school year. CitySprouts summer program for middle school youth provides an outdoor health and learning internship for 100 youth. CitySprouts learning gardens include many edible plants, making the gardens an effective hands-on resource for food and nutrition education as well. In addition to serving over 4,000 public school students annually, CitySprouts in Cambridge is a singular laboratory for garden-based learning in the region. citysprouts.org
Founded in 2002, Cradles to Crayons (C2C) is an innovative non-profit committed to providing every child in need with the essentials to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued. C2C’s unique commitment to the “whole child” nurtures self-esteem and creativity by giving new or like-new clothing, books, school supplies, and other basic items to children throughout Massachusetts. C2C is powered by thousands of volunteers who collect and donate goods, assemble “KidPacks,” and provide essential funding. Cradles to Crayons builds bridges between communities of plenty and communities of need. The packages prepared at the Cradles to Crayons warehouse, The Giving Factory, bring dignity and a better chance of success to children living in poverty while building a foundation for lasting change. cradlestocrayons.org
Easter Seals provides services to ensure that children and adults with disabilities have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play. Its services help people of all ages with all kinds of disabilities -- individuals disabled through illness, accident or aging, as well as people born with disabilities. Easter Seals serves people at more than 100 sites in communities all over Massachusetts, including Technical and Training Centers in Boston, Worcester and New Bedford. Easter Seals' supporters in Massachusetts include nearly 110,000 individuals, foundations, corporations, small businesses and service clubs. ma.easterseals.com
Girls’ Angle is a math club for girls based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We use a multi-pronged approach to fostering and nurturing girls’ interest and ability in mathematics including in-club mentoring, math educational content development, community outreach, special courses, and engagement with professional women who use math in their work. Girls’ Angle is an alternative to the traditional classroom model of education. We believe that mathematical ability is best developed through interaction with people with a deep understanding of mathematics and keen interest in helping others learn. We want to empower girls to be able to tackle any field no matter the mathematical level and, ultimately, solve the yet unsolved. girlsangle.org
Girl Scouts Mission: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts serves more than 45,000 girls ages 5-17 and 17,000 adult volunteers in the 178 communities we serve in Eastern Massachusetts. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. We inspire, challenge, and empower girls to discover their passions, connect with others, and take action to improve the world around them. Innovation and creativity are at the very core of the Girl Scout experience. We evolve to meet the needs and challenges girls face today and give them the tools to set them on their path to future success. girlscoutseasternmass.org
Global Massachusetts 2015 is a multi-year initiative that brings together major business groups, industry and higher education leaders to develop and advance a comprehensive economic agenda that will position Massachusetts to win the competition for talent, the key to securing the future prosperity for all our citizens. Building on the findings of Mass Insight’s groundbreaking 2004 Technology Road Map study, Global Massachusetts 2015 focuses on national and international trends shaping major and emerging industry sectors and establishes a vision for success in 2015 and beyond. massinsight.com
The Greater Boston Chamber is a broad-based association representing more than 1,700 businesses of all sizes from virtually every industry and profession in our region. We provide leadership in creating a healthy climate for economic development and job creation. We also aspire to be a Chamber of Community as well as a Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is deeply committed to promoting diversity in every aspect of its work, and throughout the business, government, and civic life of our community. We are an important resource to our members for advocacy, information, and marketing exposure that enhances their business success. And most importantly, we add value to the community at large by working for legislative changes that are critical to economic growth. bostonchamber.com
Head Of The Charles Regatta®, the world's largest two-day rowing event, was first held on October 16, 1965. The race was established by the Cambridge Boat Club members D'Arcy MacMahon, Howard McIntyre, and Jack Vincent, with the advice of Harvard University sculling instructor Ernest Arlett. Arlett proposed that a "head of the river" race similar in tradition to races held in his native England, be held on the Charles River. "Head" races, a class of regattas, are generally three miles long-boats race against each other and the clock, starting sequentially approximately fifteen seconds apart. Winners of each race receive the honorary title of "Head of the River" or, in this case, "Head Of The Charles." hocr.org
The Kendall Square Association was formed by a group of like-minded people in Kendall Square who saw an opportunity to improve, promote and protect Kendall Square through the collaboration of the organizations based there. On October 16th 2008, these 49 individuals representing 37 organizations with a presence in Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts met and formed the Kendall Square Association. kendallsq.org
MassChallenge runs a $1M global startup competition and accelerator to catalyze the launch and success of high-growth, high-impact new businesses. The competition is open to any startup in the world, in any industry. MassChallenge is designed to identify, strengthen and facilitate funding for the world’s highest impact startups, and the judging criteria are focused on the entrant’s proposed impact and their potential for success. As an independent non-profit, MassChallenge does not take equity from entrants or place any restrictions on winners – there are no strings attached to the competition or awards. MassChallenge is designed entirely to help entrepreneurs win. www.masschallenge.org
The MIT Sloan Tech Trek is a completely student-run event, organized by the very active MediaTech Club at MIT Sloan. The Trek enables students from MIT Sloan to meet with senior executives from technology firms to learn about their businesses operations and strategy. mitsloan.mit.edu
MITX today is the leading industry association in the country, bringing together digital technology, marketing and media professionals, to engage in what is next for the web and how it impacts the marketing and business worlds. With 250 plus member companies representing over 7,000 digital professionals, it is a dynamic and growing community of thought leaders, collaborators, and individuals in search of insight, education and opportunity. mitx.org
The Massachusetts Conference for Women, hosted in conjunction with the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, is a non-profit, non-partisan, one-day event where Massachusetts women can connect, learn practical and professional strategies from nationally recognized experts, and network with peers. The Conference first opened its doors in 2005, and since then it has grown to attract more than 5,000 attendees and truly impact lives. In a very unique way, it serves to build connections, enhance collaboration and embody community. maconferenceforwomen.org
The Mass Technology Leadership Council is the only association that addresses the critical leadership issues of innovative software and technology-enabled companies. Formed by the powerful combination of Mass Software Council and New England Business and Technology Association, Inc., the organization is dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and promoting the success of companies that develop and deploy technology across industry sectors. The Mass Technology Leadership Council accomplishes its mission by conducting educational programs and hosting signature events, facilitating networking between industry executives and potential partners, investors, and c customers, sponsoring research on the industry, engaging in activities to enhance the quality and quantity of the next generation of technology professionals, advocating in favor of technology policies that promote innovation and entrepreneurship, and recognizing industry-leading companies and people. masstlc.org
The New England Council is an alliance of businesses, academic and health institutions and public and private organizations throughout New England formed to promote economic growth and a high quality of life in the New England region. The Council is dedicated to identifying and supporting federal public policies and articulating the voice of its membership regionally and nationally on important issues facing New England. The New England Council is also committed to working with public and private sector leaders across the region and in Washington, D.C., through educational programs and forums for information exchange. newenglandcouncil.com
The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is a nonprofit and premier provider of youth entrepreneurship education across the globe, delivering hands-on curriculum to help youth find relevance in their courses. NFTE’s mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures. NFTE has worked with over 350,000 youth in low-income communities worldwide and its New England branch has served over 12,000 youth since 1991. nfte.com
The Red Sox Foundation is the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox. Our primary focus is in serving the health, education, recreation, and social service needs of children and families in need across New England. Our goal is to harness the passion our fans have for the Red Sox and transform into a vehicle for positive change in our community. redsoxfoundation.org
Founded in 2004 by Andrew Wolk, Root Cause is a nonprofit research and consulting firm that partners with nonprofits, philanthropy, government, and business to advance solutions to today’s toughest social issues. We pursue our work through four initiatives: Social Innovation Forum, Root Cause Consulting, Social Impact Research, and Idea Lab. rootcause.org
Salem CyberSpace expands the educational and career opportunities for low-income youth and adults, thereby providing the foundation for achievement and self sufficiency. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology and innovative curricula, we successfully meet our goals for English Literacy, Computer Literacy, workplace readiness, and job internships. salemcyberspace.org
Science Club for Girls (SCFG) was founded in 1994 by a group of parents concerned about equity in education. Each year, SCFG connects over 1,000 girls in K-12 grades, in particular those from underrepresented groups, with 150 plus female mentor-scientists in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through free, hands-on programs in eastern Massachusetts and in Ghana. Girls in elementary and middle school participate in weekly Science Clubs, or Vacation Week programs. Teens can serve as co-teachers in the clubs, or participate in our Rocket Team, Media Team or other challenge teams. SCFG builds literacy in STEM, sisterhood and self-confidence in these young women, and inspires them to consider careers in STEM fields as goals and options. Science Club for Girls is a 2012 Root Cause Social Innovator, and recipients of the 2011 SBANE Innovation Award and the 2010 MetLife After School Innovator Award. scienceclubforgirls.org
The Ad Club is the trade group for the New England communications Industry. Focused on networking, professional development, advocacy, and diversity, The Ad Club organizes over 30 events and programs every year. Legacy events like the Hatch Awards, Media Auction, and Rosoff Awards run side-by-side with the latest in new media and the digital landscape. The Ad Club's membership represents the best in class advertising agencies, media companies, and brands in the New England region. adclub.org
The Dimock Center is the leader in providing health and human services to Boston’s urban neighborhoods. Located on a nine-acre campus that has National Historic Landmark status with 15 off-site locations, Dimock’s physicians and staff receive over 40,000 patient visits annually. Our mission is to enhance the health, well being and potential of the people we serve by providing high quality accessible health care human services, education and skills development through four delivery clusters: Health and Community Care (HIV) Services, Behavioral Health Services, Child and Family Services and Workforce Development. This comprehensive model of care permits referrals across the system for clients with multiple needs. dimock.org
The Timothy Smith Network, in partnership with various community organizations, provides comprehensive technology services to residents of the greater Roxbury community. People of all ages have access to state of the art computer technology and to programs as rich in diversity as the neighborhood the network serves. These programs build the capacity of the people of Roxbury as they acquire the knowledge and skills critical to success in our increasingly technology-driven world. timothysmithnetwork.org/
The YMCA of Greater Boston has offered high quality adult education and job training for over 100 years. The YMCA founded Northeastern University and Springfield College. In 1975, responding to the influx of immigrants from Southeast Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean the YMCA opened the International Learning Center offering English and Citizenship classes. In 1984, a public-private partnership launched Training, Inc. to provide computer and employability skills in partnership with local employers and funders. ymcaboston.org/education-training
Year Up Boston opened its doors in January of 2001 to a class of 22 students. Now serving more than 200 students each year at sites in downtown Boston, Year Up Boston continues to demonstrate the successful impact the program has on the lives of our urban young adults. With more then 40 corporate apprenticeship partners, 100 community partners and 300 volunteers, the commitment of the communities in which we serve has been inspiring and motivating. yearup.org
Youth CITIES (Creating Impact Through Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability) is a bootcamp designed to introduce teens to social entrepreneurship through a combination of lectures, discussion/debate, and roleplaying. Moving beyond just the academics of building businesses, Youth CITIES frames real-life problems, constraints, and criteria as the launch pad for students to create a value-driven, sustainable solution to real-life market opportunities. Winners receive $1,500 in seed funding to launch their idea, and a specific group of mentors are appointed as an Advisory Board to help them launch and govern their spending. Although the program is taught in the context of social-value generation, students learn invaluable 21st century skills, such as how to network, research and back up an idea with data, in addition to presentation development, which are applicable in a variety of future settings. www.tugg.org/youth-cities
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