The Microsoft Alumni Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Microsoft Alumni Network, has announced its new Integral Fellow: Paul Shoemaker, founding president of Social Venture Partners International.
The Integral Fellows program recognizes and supports Microsoft alumni who now use their talents, time and resources to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. From 2009 to 2013, 14 Microsoft alumni received this award. Last year, the program made $25,000 reinvestment grants to three previous fellows: Trish Millines Dziko of Technology Access Foundation; Richard Gold of Pongo Teen Writing; and Cliff Schmidt of Literacy Bridge. In 2015 and going forward, the awards will go to one winner, starting with Shoemaker.
Shoemaker will receive a cash grant of $25,000 for the nonprofit of his choice, along with a year of community support and visibility. From the announcement:
Paul is the Founding President of Social Venture Partners International. With insights from 17 years of this unique vantage point, he is the Northwest’s leading expert on activating social change agents and a global thought leader on how individuals can be the most effective philanthropists. In 2011 and 2012, Shoemaker was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential People in the Nonprofit Sector” by The NonProfit Times, and in 2013, was named “Philanthropist of the Year” by Future in Review.
Paul’s award will be formally celebrated at the 7th annual Reunion with a Purpose, where 500 current and past Microsoft leaders gather to celebrate the alumni community and their work in philanthropy and community engagement. Also this year at the reunion event, the Microsoft Alumni Network will celebrate 20 years of facilitating real connections between intelligent, enthusiastic people and important work both in business and in philanthropy. With more than 13,000 members worldwide, the Microsoft Alumni Network offers former employees an opportunity to connect and network with each other, as well as enjoy membership benefits and programs. For interested alumni, registration is still open for the October 9th event.
At the event, Paul will speak in a discussion format with Rich Kaplan, the CEO of the Microsoft Alumni Network. They will explore themes from Paul’s new book “CAN’T NOT DO: The Compelling Social Drive that Changes Our World,” and how this concept is epitomized by the Microsoft Alumni community.
“For me, this is about way more than a book, it’s about what the people that read it DO about it,” said Paul. “I am humbled and honored at being recognized with this award, and also eager to see how this year of support and community engagement can help get even more people into the game."
“I look forward to an evening of connections and celebration on October 9th, and the kick off of a year of collaboration with Paul,” said Rich Kaplan. “This is an amazing time for Microsoft and also for our alumni as our community grows and engages more every day to be great ambassadors for Microsoft and for our communities.”