Microsoft has pledged over $5 million in cash and up to $10 million in software over the next two years to 12 nonprofits that offer technology skills training and job placement services to local communities in the US. Through these grants, Microsoft expects to reach more than 16,000 people in the next two years.
Microsoft through its Elevate America community initiative, is partnering with nonprofit organizations that provide technology access and skills training in their local communities to help people find employment. The company is placing a special focus on underserved communities, including women and young workers (ages 18--25) who've greater barriers to employment and re-employment than the broader population.
The following organizations were selected through a competitive funding process to receive the cash and in-kind grants: "FSW; Bridgeport, Conn, Henry Street Settlement; New York, YMCA of Greater Boston Education and Training Branch; Boston, Career Edge; Venice, Fla, Erie Neighborhood House; Chicago, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee Inc.; Nashville, Tenn, Twin Cities RISE!; Minneapolis, Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties; San Francisco, Brotherhood Crusade; Los Angeles, The Stride Center; Oakland, Calif., Tincan; Spokane, Wash, TransAccess; San Jose, Calif.