Corporate Social Responsibility

Cisco Foundation

Working with social innovators to multiply the impact of local efforts

The Cisco Foundation was established in 1997 by a gift from Cisco. Cisco and the Cisco Foundation partner with nonprofits, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and community-based organizations to carry out many of our Corporate Social Responsibility programs.

Vision and Mission

The Cisco Foundation supports Cisco's efforts to team with nonprofit and non-governmental organizations around the world to develop technology-based solutions in our investment areas. We focus this work on underserved communities and look for solutions that harness the power of the Internet and communications technology.

  • Investment Areas: We focus our support where we can make the biggest impact--education, economic empowerment, and critical human needs.
  • Support for Nonprofits: The Cisco Foundation makes strategic grants to programs with long-lasting impact on a local, national, and global scale.
  • Engaged Employees: We empower employees to give more by matching their donations and making cash donations when they volunteer.

Strategy for Social Investment

A distinct legal entity, the Cisco Foundation  makes cash grants by invitation to nonprofit and non-governmental organizations according to criteria and guidelines that are aligned with Cisco's overall nonprofit investment strategy.

  • Global Impact Cash Grants: Designed to multiply the impact of eligible organizations around the globe with national or multinational operations.
  • Silicon Valley Impact Cash Grants: Available during a limited period to Bay Area programs within a 50-mile radius of our San Jose, California, headquarters.

Innovation and Change

Cisco truly partners with our grantees. We work with you to build capacity around measuring outcomes. Measuring the impact of a program or partner is essential to sustaining and improving programs. We have helped small nonprofits become global providers of innovative social services. We provide our expertise to help them manage the investment.

Board of Trustees

Marcus Breaden, Senior Director, Legal, Cisco
Larry Carter, Board Member, Cisco
Ehrika Gladden, Vice President, Service Sales, Cisco
V C Gopalratnam, Vice President, Globalization IT, Cisco
Rob Johnson, Senior Vice President, Operations, Cisco
John Morgridge, Chairman Emeritus, Cisco
Kathy Mulvany, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco
Randy Pond, Board Member, Cisco
Max Tremp, Senior Director, Engineering, Cisco
Michael Veysey, Senior Director, Human Resources OCC, Cisco
Mary de Wysocki, Senior Director, Human Resources Strategy, Cisco
Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco

IRS Form Return of Private Foundation (990PF)

Download the Cisco Systems Foundation's IRS 990PF reports in PDF format:
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Contacting the Cisco Foundation

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