Microsoft Philanthropies: Advancing A Future That’s For Everyone

On February 22, 2018, Jennifer Brooks, Director of UN Relations at Microsoft Philanthropies (photo), was the PRSA Greater Fort Lauderdale guest speaker, discussing the role her department plays at the multinational technology company. Microsoft Philanthropies is made up of a small team that works on the company’s corporate social responsibility projects, as well as partnering with local nonprofits that are knowledgeable about issues locally, and implementing solutions. Although they work alongside organizations, Microsoft Philanthropies is not a foundation and is separate from the personal philanthropic work done by Bill and Melinda Gates at the Gates Foundation. Brooks described how the company believes that the world is currently in the fourth industrial revolution, which allows us to create technology rather than use it alone. Being a part of this era allows Microsoft Philanthropies to “innovate for impact” by actively investing in communities and having their employees participate in giving back as well. Microsoft has donated over $1 billion to over 71,000 nonprofit organizations.

Jennifer Brooks
Jennifer Brooks, Director of UN Relations at Microsoft, spoke @PRSAFTL on 2/22

While 48% of nonprofits describe their IT infrastructure as “barely maintaining” or “failing to maintain,” 77% of jobs will require IT/digital skills over the next decade. Computer science and information technology skills are in higher demand than they have ever been before, and the youth and women of today are rapidly dominating the industry. A percentage of the younger population that have already acquired these digital skills early on are more than likely to transcend them into their college education and develop careers centered around it. Yet, many countries around the world are not able to exploit their “demographic dividend”: the younger generation not being able to pursue a career due to the fact that there are not enough jobs for all children coming into the work force. These are one of the many reasons why Microsoft’s promise is “advancing a future that’s for everyone.” In other words, moving technology forward without leaving people behind. Jennifer’s presentation ultimately outlined why Microsoft Philanthropies play a major leadership role at both a national and regional level.

Download Jennifer’s presentation file.

Watch this video for an example of the way nonprofits partner with Microsoft.

This article explains more about Microsoft’s vision for the impact of technology in society: Future Computed

Here’s how to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


APR Prep Classes Location

You must have heard that PRSAFTL is offering free APR prep classes starting February 7th! Classes will take place at the Broward County Aviation Department offices on 2200 SW 45th ST, Dania Beach, FL 33312, shown in yellow below. Exit I-95 on Griffin Road heading West, turn right on Anglers Avenue, then left on SW 45th ST. See you there!

Broward Aviation Dept

Meet the 2018 Board @PRSAFTL

The PRSA Greater Fort Lauderdale chapter is happy to announce our 2018 board and committee chairs:

We are here to serve you. These are some of our chapter’s plans in 2018:

  • Starting January 18th, we will host monthly luncheons every third Thursday at the Riverside Hotel in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Register early for a discount!
  • February 7th is the introductory meeting to our free APR Prep Classes. Register Now!
  • Regular meetings for New Pros and Solo Pros
  • PR Wizard 2018 Awards recognizing professional excellence and service to both the community and profession

Want to get more involved? Volunteer! Here‘s more information on how to join the PRSA, or email our 2018 president if you are curious about our chapter.

We hope to see you soon at one of our programs, or contact us anytime with your ideas over email, Twitter, or Facebook.