Corporate Social Responsibility

CSR Community Partners

Working with social innovators to multiply the impact of local efforts


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. We support organizations that share our vision with funding, expertise, and technology through our Support for Nonprofits.

For a geographic representation of many of our partnerships, please visit our Global Impact Map.
 

Access to Education

Cisco identifies partners with innovative, technology-based programs that improve student performance and engagement particularly in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies and among underserved communities.

Breakthrough Collaborative
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Breakthrough Collaborative (United States)
Cisco has supported two integrated initiatives -- the Instructional Coaching Initiative and the National Development Database -- that together foster better trained, more effective educators.
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Citizen Schools
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Citizen Schools (United States)
Cisco employees have numbered among Citizen Schools' largest contingent of "Citizen Teacher" volunteers. Since 2009, 125 Cisco employees have led 10-week student apprenticeships to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities.
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City Year
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City Year (Multinational, including United States)
Since 1993, Cisco ICT product and cash grants have expanded the reach of City Year's mentor program to 23 cities and 240+ schools. City Year corps members work as full-time mentors and role models in school districts with high dropout rates.
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Globaloria
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Globaloria (United States)
With Cisco's support, Globaloria has expanded its social network focused on game design, which provides a fun and engaging way for students to develop their digital literacy, STEM knowledge, and global citizenship skills.
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Gooru
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Gooru Learning (United States)
Cisco supported development of a free search engine for easy access to teacher-created lesson plans, content, and assessments. The program encourages teachers and students to interact with each other while learning.
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MIND Research Institute
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MIND Research Institute (United States)
Cisco cash grants have supported the conversion of math instructional software to an online format, extending its reach from 55,000 elementary students to 630,000. Language-independent animations help all students develop critical thinking, reasoning, and mathematical abilities.
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New Teacher Center
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New Teacher Center (United States)
Cisco has supported NTC's Teacher Assessment Tool project and its online mentoring solution to create "induction programs" that accelerate new teacher effectiveness.
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Read to a Child
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Read to a Child (United States)
A Cisco cash grant has supported development of an online training tool for new volunteers, which will help Read to a Child improve the size and quality of its volunteer pool and its operational efficiency.
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Roadtrip Nation
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Roadtrip Nation (United States)
Cisco funded initial development of a customized, online career exploration curriculum to help underserved youth define their own paths in life.
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Science Buddies
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Science Buddies (United States)
Cisco has supported Science Buddies' efforts to provide a dynamic, engaging stream of STEM-related content to students, focusing in particular on female and underserved populations.
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STEMconnector
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STEMconnector (United States)
With Cisco support, STEMconnector was formed to increase communication and coordination between more than 5000 organizations with STEM projects. STEMconnector has become the de facto source for what works and who's doing the work in STEM education in the United States.
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Teach for All
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Teach For All (Multinational, not including United States)
A Cisco telecommunications platform has helped Teach for All members in 23 countries share and collaborate to expand educational opportunity.
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Teach for America
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Teach For America (United States)
With Cisco product donations and expertise, TFA streamlined its infrastructure, increased efficiency, and reduced travel costs by more than $896,000 per year. The technologies have enabled TFA's corps to expand from 4000 to 12,000 teachers.

Economic Empowerment

Cisco partners promote economic self-sufficiency by bringing technology to underserved populations, and providing access to information, skills, and financial products and services.

Digital Divide Data
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Digital Divide Data (Multinational, not including United States)
Cisco product and cash grants have helped Digital Divide Data replicate their Impact Sourcing model across Asia, Africa and Latin America. The organization provides employment and higher education opportunities to young women and men in emerging economies.
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Good World Solutions
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Good World Solutions (Multinational, not including United States)
Cisco has invested in the development and deployment of Labor Link, a mobile technology platform that increases transparency in global supply chains. Workers can report anonymously on working conditions and receive information on wage and work-related issues, training, and financial literacy.
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Grameen Foundation
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Grameen Foundation (Multinational, not including United States)
Cisco has supported Grameen Foundation's Progress out of Poverty Index -- a unique measurement tool for organizations that serve the poor -- and its TaroWorks initiative, which provides cloud-based, mobile-enabled services to nonprofits and social enterprises.
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Kiva
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Kiva (Multinational, including United States)
Cisco has supported the Kiva Labs Initiative to help more people access loans for agriculture, water and sanitation, clean energy, higher education, health, and information and communication technology.
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Living Goods
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Living Goods (Multinational, not including United States)
With Cisco's support, Living Goods has developed and implemented a mobile technology platform to increase the scale, efficiency, and effectiveness of its micro-entrepreneur network in Uganda and Kenya.
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Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX)
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Microfinance Information Exchange (Multinational, not including United States)
Cisco product and cash grants have helped Microfinance Information Exchange promote transparency in the microfinance sector, using technology to provide objective, qualified, and relevant performance data and analysis.
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OneWorld
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OneWorld International Foundation (Multinational, not including United States)
With Cisco support for OneWorld's Lifelines program, farmers in rural India have experienced an average 20 to 30 percent increase in productivity and income with mobile access to agriculture and market information.
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Women's World Banking
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Women's World Banking (Multinational, not including United States)
Cisco has supported the Center for Microfinance Leadership, which serves executives of microfinance institutions (MFIs) dedicated to expanding access to financial services for women.

Critical Human Needs

Cisco makes strategic investments where networks can make a difference in the speed and efficiency of organizations meeting critical human needs such as food, potable water, shelter, and disaster relief.

Akvo
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Akvo (Multinational, not including United States)
Cisco has supported development of the open-source Field Level Operations Watch (FLOW) tool, which enables organizations to gather and evaluate water-related data via mobile and technologies. This tool is currently being used by over 115 organizations in 35 countries.
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American Red Cross
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American Red Cross (Multinational, including United States)
Cisco partners with the American Red Cross to respond to disasters with employee giving campaigns and volunteers who provide food, water, shelter, and relief services to people affected by natural disasters.
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Blue Planet Network
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Blue Planet Network (Multinational, including United States)
Cisco has helped Blue Planet Network (a division of Thrive Networks) expand the capacity of its collaborative online solution to improve the impact of more than 250 organizations dedicated to safe drinking water worldwide.
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Build Change
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Build Change (Multinational, not including United States)
Cisco has helped Build Change reach thousands of homeowners in disaster-prone countries like China and Haiti to expand awareness of earthquake-resistant building standards through training and design.
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CARE
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CARE (Multinational, not including United States)
One of Cisco's strategic disaster response partners, CARE provides emergency response and rehabilitation services for individuals and families, and addresses long-term solutions to poverty.
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Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology
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Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (Multinational, not including United States)
Cisco has supported the development and distribution of new and existing knowledge and training products and services for those implementing water and sanitation programs in underdeveloped communities.
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Community Solutions
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Community Solutions (United States)
Cisco has supported the 100,000 Homes Campaign to find homes for vulnerable chronically homeless people across the country.
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Community Technology Alliance
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Community Technology Alliance (United States)
Cisco has supported the development of a mobile app that provides homeless outreach workers with advanced tools to assess, address, and map the needs of chronically homeless individuals.
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Feeding America
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Feeding America (United States)
Cisco support for a new transportation management system has streamlined services for a network of 200 member food banks for a projected savings of US$1.5 million over 5 years or 12 million meals.
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Habitat for Humanity
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Habitat for Humanity (Multinational, including United States)
Cisco provides cash grants and matches employee volunteer time with a cash contributions to help this global organization eliminate poverty and homelessness with affordable housing.
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Housing Trust Silicon Valley
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Housing Trust Silicon Valley (United States)
Cisco has supported the Affordable Multifamily Lending Program, enabling the construction of rental properties that will be permanently affordable for low income residents.
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InSTEDD
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InSTEDD (Multinational, including United States)
Cisco has supported development of Watchfire, software that uses GPS, voice, and text messages to identify disaster response volunteers in half the time and better deploy expertise in the first critical moments of a crisis.
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Lu'ma Native Housing Society
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Lu'ma Native Housing Society (Multinational, not including United States)
Cisco has supported the expansion of the Community Voice Mail service to include homeless individuals in Canada, enabling them to connect to vital resources.
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NetHope
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NetHope (Multinational, including United States)
Cisco has helped build organizational and information technology capacity to improve coordination and effectiveness of international humanitarian and conservation organizations.
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Ushihidi
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Ushahidi (Multinational, including United States)
Cisco has supported development of a mapping and content management system to improve collaboration and coordination of disaster response and relief efforts.
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Water for People
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Water for People (Multinational, not including United States)
Cisco has helped Water for People initially develop the Field Level Operations Watch tool which is now managed and iterated by Akvo (see above).  We continue to support their development of monitoring and evaluations tools such as the Re-Imagine Reporting Platform.
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World Food Program
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World Food Program (Multinational, not including United States)
Cisco has supported development of the World Food Program's Humanitarian Early Warning Service to provide humanitarian responders with interactive maps and data to quickly coordinate relief strategies.

Additional Partners

Cisco occasionally supports organizations outside or across our investment areas when we discover highly innovative uses of ICT or an opportunity to scale the impact of our support for nonprofits.

Network for Good
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Network for Good (United States)
A founding partner, Cisco has supported the expansion of Network for Good's Internet-based resources to help nonprofits raise funds, communicate, and strategize.
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Planetary Skin Institute
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Planetary Skin Institute (Multinational, not including United States)
Planetary Skin Institute (PSI) began as a bilateral research and development partnership between Cisco and NASA. Cisco invested in PSI to support its contributions to the global public benefit of advancing food, water, and energy security, and managing risks associated with the increasing impact and frequency of weather extremes.
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South African Education Trust
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South African Education Trust (South Africa)
Cisco Scholars enables high-potential, disadvantaged Black South African students to attend the African Leadership Academy. Innovation Hub/Coachlab matches college graduates in technology fields to real-world entrepreneurial opportunities.
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TechSoup Global
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TechSoup Global (Multinational, including United States)
Cisco and TechSoup Global work together to connect nonprofits and public libraries with donated and discounted technology products for social benefit across the globe.