Microsoft Citizenship: Client Welcome!

By Shai Coggins, Digital Specialist | News and Views

Jun 21

Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific (APAC)

Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific (APAC)

In 2010, I had the opportunity to speak at my very first Microsoft NGO Connection Day in Sydney. It was a great event that the team from Microsoft Citizenship* staged for nonprofits in Australia. Since then, I have presented in Microsoft NGO Connection Days in the Philippines (Manila, Davao, Bacolod, and Cebu), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), and Sri Lanka (Colombo). I was also invited to present at Microsoft’s annual Tech4Good Summit in Colombo in 2011.

Through these events, I got to know some of the amazing people behind Microsoft Citizenship team – and the communities that they support. Talking to the nonprofit staff and volunteers in those events, it makes you realise just how many people are doing such incredible work out there. And, they are always grateful for whatever support that they can get from individuals, businesses, and other organisations. That’s why I have become a great fan of the nonprofit technology work that Microsoft Citizenship does in the different communities within the region.

Somewhere along the lines of conversations with a number of Microsoft Citizenship team members, I remember the phrase “championing the champions” had been mentioned. The champions, being the nonprofit organisations and charities that are doing incredible work.

So, when Clair Deevy, Lead for Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific, approached me a few weeks ago to talk about possibly doing some work with them, I was completely blown away. “Thrilled” would be an understatement.

It is every consultant and agency’s dream to work with a client that they respect and care about.

So, it is with great pleasure that I welcome Microsoft Citizenship as our first official client. I am excited to offer Vervely’s social media services in the great work that they do.

*Full Disclosure: Microsoft is one of the partners in the donations program run by TechSoup Global. My former employer, Connecting Up, Inc, is the Australian partner of TechSoup Global.


About the Author

Shai Coggins is the Manager and Chief Digital Media Specialist at Vervely, an Australia-based agency serving local and international clients. One of the company's main clients is Microsoft. Shai has been featured in a number of media due to her online work, including being named as one of Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list (2009).

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