Microsoft Legend Rowland Hanson Focusing On Maximizing Philanthropy by Ex-Microsoft Executives

Rowland Hanson, in conjunction with the Microsoft Alumni Foundation, is soliciting businesses to contribute funding to productive charities formed by ex-Microsoft executives around the world

Jun 12, 2014, 18:15 ET from Microsoft Alumni Foundation

SEATTLE, June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the well-known facts in Microsoft history is that Rowland Hanson was the man who named and successfully launched the company's most valuable product, "Windows." Besides software, Rowland has had a highly acclaimed career by developing and executing effective branding strategies in a wide range of industries including everything from food to skin care to exercise equipment to medical devices. In fact, it was his contributions to Neutrogena skin care that gained the attention of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. Confident that Rowland's expertise in branding was essential for Microsoft to become the de facto leader in software, they convinced Rowland to join Microsoft at a pivotal time for the company. And, as the saying goes, the rest is history.

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Aside from his on-going activities in a thriving consulting business headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, Rowland Hanson's greatest passion is for giving back to the community and helping to create a better world. As General Manager of Strategic Partnerships for the Microsoft Alumni Foundation, he secures funding for philanthropic initiatives from businesses that share his desire to make the world a better place for everybody.

When asked why he is so committed to philanthropy, Rowland simply quotes a famous Mason with, "What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal."

As a result of Rowland's commitment and the Microsoft Alumni Foundation, over 75 non-profit partners have been established around the world. From New Orleans to Nairobi to New Delhi, the Microsoft Alumni Foundation is truly making a better world.

"We have been so blessed that many compassionate companies have stepped forward to support the activities of the Microsoft Alumni Foundation. From start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations, the return on investment is measured by social impact and in truly making a difference," stated Rowland.

Rowland went on to explain, the reality is that the true value of a business, much less a person, is measured by the level of influence and benefit they provide others who are less fortunate. This is why Bill Gates is his hero. Nobody has done more to impact mankind than Bill Gates has.

Businesses interested in supporting the Microsoft Alumni Foundation should go to

Contact:, 877-390-1597

SOURCE Microsoft Alumni Foundation