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.

Expand the sections below to see a list of our partners.

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.

Citizen Schools
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Citizen Schools:  Cisco employees are 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. (United States)
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City Year
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City Year: Cisco ICT product and cash grants since 1993 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. (Multinational, including United States)
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MIND Research Institute
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MIND Research Institute: Cisco cash grants 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. (United States)
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STEMconnector
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STEMConnector: With Cisco support, STEMconnector was formed to increase communication and coordination between more than 5000 organizations with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) projects. STEMconnector has become the de facto source for what works and who’s doing the work in STEM education in the U.S. (United States)
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Teach for America
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Teach For America (TFA): 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. (United States)
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gooru
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Gooru Learning: Cisco supported development of a free search engine for easy access to teacher-created lesson plans, content, and assessments. Encourages teachers and students to interact with each other while learning. (United States) Go to Gooru Learning
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National Center for Learning Disabilities
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National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) received Cisco support to help bridge the achievement gap in public schools between struggling K-12 learners and their peers. (Multinational, including United States) Go to NCLD
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New Teacher Center
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New Teacher Center (NTC): Cisco supports NTC's Teacher Assessment Tool project and its online mentoring solution to create "induction programs" that accelerate new teacher effectiveness. (United States) Go to NTC
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Roadtrip Nation
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Roadtrip Nation: Cisco funded initial development of a customized, online career exploration curriculum to help underserved youth define their own path in life. (United States) Go to Roadtrip Nation
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Save the Children
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Save the Children: Cisco supports literacy initiatives for underserved, rural communities, and partners with Save the Children as part of our disaster relief response activities. (United States) Go to Save the Children
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Teach for All
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Teach for All: Cisco telecommunications platform is helping Teach for All members in 23 countries share and collaborate across to expand educational opportunity. (Multinational, not including United States ) Go to Teach for All
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Teachers Without Borders
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Teachers Without Borders (TWB):  Cisco supports TWB initiatives to provide professional development to teachers worldwide. (Multinational, including United States) Go to TWB


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: Cisco product and cash grants have helped Digital Divide Data replicate their Impact Sourcing model across Asia, Africa and Latin America. DDD provides employment and higher education opportunities to young women and men in emerging economies. (Multinational, not including United States)
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Grameen Foundation
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Grameen Foundation: Cisco supports Grameen Foundation’s Taro Works initiative—a cloud-based platform of mobile-enabled services used by organizations to collect data, manage field operations and customers, and measure impact. (Multinational, not including United States)
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Inveneo
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Inveneo: Cisco equipment is used by Inveneo to provide affordable, solar-powered Internet connectivity to more than 2 million people in over 1000 of the world’s poorest communities where climate, power access and distance make connectivity challenging. Inveneo solutions increase efficiency and reduce costs for nonprofits, NGOs, and government agencies. (Multinational, not including United States)
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Living Goods
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Living Goods: With Cisco's support, Living Goods developed and implemented a mobile technology platform to increase the scale, efficiency, and effectiveness of its micro-entrepreneur network  in Uganda and Kenya. (Multinational, not including United States)
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One Global Economy
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One Global Economy: Cisco support has helped One Global Economy develop The Beehive, a group of multilingual portals that provide localized information on health, education, social services, and more.  (Multinational, not including United States)
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OneWorld
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OneWorld International Foundation: 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. (Multinational, not including United States)
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Samasource
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Samasource: Cisco product and cash grants help Samasource bring dignified, computer-based work to more than 3500 women, youth, and refugees living in poverty. (Multinational, not including United States)
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Good World Solutions
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Good World Solutions: Cisco 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. (Multinational, not including United States) Go to Good World Solutions
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Kiva
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Kiva: Cisco supports 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. (Multinational, including United States) Go to Kiva
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Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX)
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Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX): Cisco product and cash grants help MIX promote transparency in the microfinance sector, using technology to provide objective, qualified, and relevant performance data and analysis. (Multinational, not including United States) Go to MIX

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Women's World Banking
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Women's World Banking: Cisco supports the Center for Microfinance Leadership for executives of microfinance institutions (MFIs) dedicated to expanding access to financial services for women. (Multinational, not including United States) Go to Women’s World Banking

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.

Feeding America
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Feeding America: Cisco support for a new transportation management system 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. (United States)
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InSTEDD
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InSTEDD: Cisco supported InSTEDD 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. (Multinational, including United States)
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NetHope
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NetHope: Cisco helped build organizational and information technology capacity to improve coordination and effectiveness of international humanitarian and conservation organizations. (Multinational, including United States)
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AidMatrix
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AidMatrix: Through Cisco's support, Aidmatrix improved its distribution management software and provided additional field deployments and training to humanitarian agencies. (Multinational, including United States) Go to AidMatrix
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American Red Cross
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American Red Cross (ARC): Cisco partners with ARC to respond to disasters with employee giving campaigns and volunteers who provide food, water, shelter, and relief services to people affected by natural disasters. (Multinational, including United States) Go to ARC
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Blue Planet Network
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Blue Planet Network (BPN) Cisco helped BPN expand the capacity of its collaborative online solution to improve the impact of more than 250 organizations dedicated to safe drinking water worldwide. (Multinational, including United States) Go to Blue Planet Network
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Build Change
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Build Change: Cisco 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. (Multinational, not including United States) Go to Build Change
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CARE USA
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CARE: 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. (Multinational, not including United States) Go to CARE
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Habitat for Humanity
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Habitat for Humanity: 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. (Multinational, including United States) Go to Habitat for Humanity
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Ushihidi
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Ushahidi: Cisco is supporting development of a mapping and content management system to improve collaboration and coordination of disaster response and relief efforts. (Multinational, including United States) Go to Ushahidi
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Water for People
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Water for People: Cisco helped Water for People develop Field Level Operations Watch, which uses smart phone and web-based technology to monitor water investments and collect and analyze data, increasing the water sector's effectiveness, accountability, and transparency. (Multinational, not including United States) Go to Water for People
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Water.org
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Water.org:  A grant from Cisco funded development of an online giving network that enables donors to better monitor, access, and understand the impact of their investments. (Multinational, not including United States) Go to Water.org
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World Food Program
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World Food Program (WFP): Cisco supported development of the WFP's Humanitarian Early Warning Service to provide humanitarian responders with interactive maps and data to quickly coordinate relief strategies. (Multinational, not including United States) Go to WFP

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: A founding partner, Cisco has supported the expansion of Network for Good's Internet-based resources to help nonprofits raise funds, communicate, and strategize. (United States) Go to Network for Good
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The Peres Center for Peace
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Peres Center for Peace: Cisco has provided support for several programs, including enabling doctors in the Palestinian Territories to provide better care for patients through telehealth online consultations with Israeli doctors. (Middle East) Go to Peres Center for Peace
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Planetary Skin Institute
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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. (Multinational, not including United States) Go to PSI
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South African Education Trust
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South African Education Trust: 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. (South Africa) Go to Cisco Scholars
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TechSoup Global
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TechSoup Global: Cisco and TechSoup Global work together to connect nonprofits and public libraries with donated and discounted technology products for social benefit across the globe. (Multinational, including United States) Go to TechSoup Global