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.

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

Larry Carter, Board Member, Cisco
Carlos Dominguez, Senior Vice President, Cisco
Patrick Finn, Senior Vice President, Cisco
Ehrika Gladden, Senior Director, Service Sales
V C Gopalratnam, Vice President, Cisco
Rob Johnson, Senior Vice President, Operations
John Morgridge, Chairman Emeritus, Cisco
Randy Pond, Executive Vice President, Cisco
Michael Veysey, Director, Cisco
Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President, Cisco

IRS Form Return of Private Foundation (990PF)

Download the Cisco Systems Foundation's IRS 990PF reports:
FY2012 | FY2011 | FY2010 | FY2009 | FY2008 | FY2007 | FY2006 | FY2005 | FY2004 | FY2003 | FY2002 | FY2001 | FY2000 | FY1999 | FY1998 | FY1997 (PDF)

Contacting the Cisco Foundation

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