Two Microsoft alumni groups announced today that they are merging into one.
The Microsoft Alumni Foundation, which focuses on philanthropy, will now become a program under the 10,000-member Microsoft Alumni Network, according to Jeff Raikes, chairman of the newly combined board.
Raikes, the current chairman of the Microsoft Alumni Foundation board, is co-founder of the Raikes Foundation, former CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a former Microsoft executive.
The combined alumni organization’s mission is “to foster and build a broad alumni network where former Microsoft employees can connect and network with each other, and receive discounts and other membership privileges,” according to a news release from the group.
Some of the privileges, at the $99-per-year basic membership level, include a subscription to Office 365 Home and access to the company store. The $125-a-year premium membership level includes additional benefits such as access to exclusive events and half off paid events. All former full-time Microsoft employees (i.e. those who possessed a “blue badge” security identification card) are eligible to join the organization.
There are about 100,000 former Microsoft alumni worldwide, about 40,000 of whom are in the Pacific Northwest, the network said.