October was “giving back month” at Microsoft – an opportunity Microsoft employee and OneSky supporter David Bramble could not resist.
The Seattle-area resident has spent the past 26 years working at Microsoft in various roles, currently serving as Senior Content Program Manager in the security division. He speaks passionately about leading cybersecurity training programs designed to keep the company and its customers safe from cyberattacks.
And, he is equally passionate about keeping vulnerable young children in Asia safe …
Last month, thanks to a Microsoft Employee Give Program, David was able to share his interest in helping the children served by OneSky with his colleagues – raising both money and awareness for our work.
“Microsoft matches employee donations of time and money to nonprofit organizations,” explained David, noting that each October, the company’s Giving Campaign (a tradition since 1983) makes a significant impact on various causes. So far this year, employees like him have donated to over 32,000 of their favorite nonprofits.
To help educate his colleagues about OneSky’s pioneering work on behalf of vulnerable young children in China, Hong Kong SAR, Vietnam, and Mongolia, David organized a “Lunch and Learn” for his team where OneSky’s CEO Morgan Lance was a featured speaker. Following the event, a total of $3,500 was raised.
David and his wife, Melissa, adopted two children from orphanages in China – Kyle in 2003 at 17 months old and Olivia at 11 months in 2006. Today, Kyle is a junior in college studying to be a teacher and Olivia is a senior in high school going off to college next year.
“The kids are the best of pals,” said David, who has previously spent time working in China and was impressed by the needs of vulnerable children. “But, personally, we can only help a couple of children. Through OneSky there is so much more we can do by giving caregivers the resources and know-how they need. There are other ways to help besides adoption.”
David believes that via the training of caregivers OneSky can empower entire communities and scale for greater impact. He urges others interested in a cause share their knowledge about it. “Whether in the workforce or your friendships, look for opportunities to talk about the causes you are passionate about,” he said.
For information about how to start a workplace matching campaign on behalf of OneSky, contact Roberta O’Hara.