The Microsoft Alumni Foundation announced the winners of its prestigious Integral Fellows Awards for 2012, and hundreds of Microsoft alumni were treated to an inspiring discussion on “doing philanthropy,” with award-winning actress and philanthropist Jennifer Garner and children’s advocate Mark Shriver, at the foundation’s fourth annual Celebration event Monday night on the Microsoft campus.
Garner, former star of the hit TV show “Alias,” serves as Artist Ambassador for international nonprofit Save the Children and Shriver, a former Maryland state legislator, is Senior Vice President of its U.S. programs, including those in Washington State. Microsoft alum Charlotte Guyman is a member of Save the Children’s board of trustees and was a co-chair of the 2012 Celebration event, along with fellow Microsoft alum Robbie Bach. Brad Smith, Microsoft Corporation General Counsel, Executive Vice President, and Alumni Foundation trustee, led the discussion with Ms. Garner and Mr. Shriver.
“I enjoyed being part of the discussion with Mark on why we believe in giving back to the world,” said Garner. “By seeing all the inspiring nonprofit work being done by Microsoft alumni, it’s clear that everyone here shares the same belief.”
The Integral Fellows Awards, also in their fourth year, honor Microsoft alumni who have made a meaningful difference in the daily lives of others through philanthropy and nonprofit work.
“There are countless numbers of Microsoft alumni who continue to apply their talents towards changing the world and changing lives in their post-Microsoft careers through nonprofit organizations,” noted Jeff Raikes, chairman of the Microsoft Alumni Foundation’s board of directors, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and a former Microsoft senior executive. “We are grateful to have this yearly opportunity to spotlight some of the best examples of Microsoft alumni’s contributions to bettering the world as we know it.”
The three winners each will receive $25,000 grants for their nonprofit organizations. They were chosen from among five finalists and 15 nominees considered for the awards.