Cisco and the Cisco Foundation discover the best ideas to solve social problems, and we help make them a reality by providing funding, technology donations, and expertise.
Working through nonprofit partners, we help create technology-based solutions for crisis response, economic empowerment, and education, thereby improving lives around the globe.
These nonprofit grant recipients are critical to reaching our goal to positively impact 1 billion people by 2025. See also some of our legacy partnerships.
Via Global Impact Cash Grants, Cisco identifies partners with innovative, technology-based programs that improve student performance and engagement, particularly in STEM studies and among underserved communities. Learn more about this social investment area.
CareerVillage democratizes access to career information and advice for underrepresented youth by crowdsourcing the answers to every question from every student about every career. Today, millions of learners use CareerVillage to get free personalized career advice from real-life professionals. Cisco is supporting a new blended learning CareerVillage.org in Class 2.0 program, making personalized career advising instantly accessible for schools and nonprofits to deliver to their students for free or at low cost.
An initiative of the SciTech Institute, Chief Science Officers (CSO) program amplifies student voices by bringing their peers and community leaders together to ignite new opportunities in STEM and innovation. Cisco’s support is helping to provide resources for platform measurement and evaluation improvements.
Code.org is dedicated to expanding access to computer science education in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. With Cisco's support, Code.org is working to expand its reach globally, with a goal of benefiting more than 25 million new students within the next 5 years.
CommonLit delivers open-source, flexible, and research-based instructional materials created by teachers, for teachers, to support literacy development for students. Cisco's investment is enabling millions of teachers and students to better synthesize, analyze, and evaluate literature by digitally annotating and highlighting text.
Cool Australia equips educators to provide exceptional learning experiences for future-ready students. Cisco’s support is enhancing Cool Australia’s professional development platform known as Learn 2.0 with the goal to improve educational outcomes for all students, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to solve real world issues in social environmental and STEM focus areas.
Gooru encourages teachers and students to interact with each other while learning. Cisco supported development of Navigator, a free search engine for easy access to teacher-created lesson plans, content, and assessments, which is now reaching 6 million students globally each year.
The Institute works to inspire students with a love of math. Cisco cash and product grants have supported the conversion of math instructional software called ST Math to an online format, extending its reach from 12,000 elementary students to nearly 1.3 million.
New Teacher Center seeks to reduce educational inequities for systemically underserved students by accelerating educator effectiveness. Cisco cash and product investments have supported the development of New Teacher Center’s high-tech solutions that are serving 25K+ educators across 22 states reaching over 1.8M students annually.
onebillion, a Global Learning XPRIZE winner, is a non-profit organization based in London whose mission is to ensure all marginalized children are numerate and confident readers in their own language. Cisco cash and product grants have enabled onebillion to accelerate localization of its award-winning onecourse software, bringing this resource to more children who are out of school and not learning.
An initiative of Cylab Institute, picoCTF is a free computer security game targeted at middle and high school students, created by security experts at Carnegie Mellon University. Cisco support has helped PicoCTF transition into a teacher-focused education program by building new classroom-friendly portal features expand their resources for teacher professional development.
Roadtrip Nation helps students connect their interests to potential careers with a reach of 21M annually. With Cisco support, Roadtrip Nation has developed tools and curriculum that have been proven to increase students’ academic performance and confidence in their ability to succeed. Cisco’s most recent investment supports an initiative called the Roadtrip Nation Experience: Conservation & Sustainability Edition, a new project-base course that empowers students to align conservation and sustainability with their future career pathways.
Cisco has supported the efforts of Science Buddies to provide a dynamic, engaging stream of STEM-related content to students. To date, the organization’s educational resources have reached 19 million students, parents, and teachers in 147 countries, focusing on female and other underserved populations. Four out of five educators felt more empowered to teach STEM topics that are outside of their areas of expertise after accessing Science Buddies’ resources.
Cisco has provided early-stage support for TalkingPoints’ multilingual family engagement platform that is reaching 3M students, parents and teachers This tool enables educators to communicate with parents in their home languages – and to build relationships that help students from diverse and underserved communities improve their attendance and performance through increased parental involvement.
Technovation’s mission is to empower the world’s underrepresented young people, especially girls, to become innovators and leaders in engineering and technology. Cisco supports efforts to scale their new “challenge” content globally, increasing student interest in STEM through problem solving, parental involvement, and mentorship.
WeThrive equips underestimated youth with entrepreneurship skills to lead the economic revitalization of their communities. The early-stage investment by Cisco enabled WeThrive to adopt a new direct-to-student engagement model and improve engagement with industry to offer students real-life learning opportunities, mentorship, and 21st century skills training. This investment will broaden access to communities across the United States.
World Learning works globally to enhance the capacity and commitment of individuals, institutions, and communities to create a more peaceful and just world through education, sustainable development, and exchange. Cisco’s support has enabled World Learning to develop and test a scalable STEM Center model that helps teachers worldwide adopt best practices in experiential STEM education while improving the skills of thousands of students.
World Possible connects offline learners with an educational server called RACHEL (Remote Area Community Hotspot for Education and Learning) Cisco is helping to enable the building of a "DATA Post" application which will collect data from RACHEL devices, store it on android an Android application, and deliver it to the internet when connectivity is present for monitoring and evaluation.
Via Global Impact Cash Grants, Cisco supports technology-based programs that connect underserved people to relevant skills, meaningful employment, entrepreneurial opportunities, financial products and services, and other resources they need to thrive in the digital economy. Learn more about this social investment area.
AnnieCannons is transforming survivors of human trafficking into technology professionals. Beginning with the premise that economic opportunity is the key to breaking the cycle of exploitation, the organization trains students to build in-demand technology skills by providing quality software services to real-world clients.Cisco is providing support to help their overall organizational growth, and to improve the delivery and effectiveness of their programs. We have also provided donations of Cisco technology to improve the efficiency of their operations.
Astia is transforming the way businesses are funded in the here and now -- providing capital, connections, and guidance that fuel the growth of best-in-class female high-growth entrepreneurs. Cisco is supporting Astia Connect, leveraging technology to enable Astia advisors, entrepreneurs, and investors to develop deeper connections while helping Astia to improve the scale, efficiency, and impact of their work.
Centro's mission is to build thriving communities by providing low-income, minority, and women entrepreneurs with entrepreneurship education, one-on-one business coaching, mentorship, leadership programs, and access to capital in order for them to create local jobs and become economically secure and financially stable. Cisco support is enabling Centro to streamline and improve the efficiency of their operations so they can reach more entrepreneurs, deepen engagement opportunities, and enhance their impact reporting capabilities.
The Digital NEST connects youth to a skill-building community that transforms them into professionals who can create successful careers, innovative solutions, and prosperous communities. Cisco is providing support to extend and enhance their NEST Flight program and overall curricula.
Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) is accelerating economic and social impact through entrepreneurship in mid-sized cities in the United States. It supports entrepreneurial growth via an innovative small business/nonprofit accelerator. Cisco is supporting EforAll to digitize its internal operations, entrepreneur outreach and support, and impact evaluation.
Cisco has supported multiple Kiva initiatives to help more people access loans for agriculture, water and sanitation, clean energy, higher education, health, and information and communication technology, including implementing their model in the United States.
Laboratoria empowers young women from low-income backgrounds in Latin America by giving them access to education and work in the digital sector. Cisco is providing support to e-enable their assessment, learning, and evaluation platform.
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 and health outcomes for women and children in Uganda and Kenya.
NESsT develops sustainable social enterprises that solve critical social problems in emerging market economies. Cisco is supporting NESst in developing its online capacity-building tools to support social enterprises.
Solar Sister invests in women's clean energy businesses in off-grid communities in Africa. They recruit, train, and support women entrepreneurs to build businesses and bring clean energy to their communities, resulting in income-generating opportunities for women, as well as environmental and health outcomes in the communities they support. Cisco is supporting Solar Sister to leverage technology to enhance digital skills capabilities of their entrepreneurs and improve the efficiency of Solar Sister's operations to support their overall growth objectives.
TaroWorks is a social enterprise that sells advanced mobile platform data. Cisco supports its mission to improve product and service delivery to the poor by bringing real-time data to any organization, anywhere.
Upwardly Global works to eliminate employment barriers for legal, skilled immigrants and refugees to help integrate this population into the professional U.S. workforce. Cisco is supporting their efforts to scale their work to reach more people and to create new learning pathways.
Village Capital's mission is to democratize entrepreneurship and drive more investment to entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds. For more than a decade, Village Capital has been designing, testing, and sharing tools and processes to correct the imbalance in venture capital funding. Cisco is providing support to Village Capital to apply technology to increase the volume and diversity of investment funding.
Originally developed by Cisco community partner Anudip and now its own separate social enterprise, Vispala helps to restore function and dignity through technology by enabling prosthetic users to live a life beyond prejudice, one in which they can participate more fully in working and living. Cisco supported the early stages of their 3D printed prosthesis concept, which has helped many beneficiaries return to the workforce and regain their daily activities.
Cisco makes strategic investments in organizations that improve the speed and efficiency of our Cisco Crisis Response program. Our Global Impact Cash Grants in this area support programs that improve access to food, potable water, shelter, and disaster relief. Learn more about this social investment area.
Cisco partners with the American Red Cross to respond to disasters through cash grants, employee giving campaigns, and volunteers who offer relief services to people affected by natural disasters.
Cisco has supported the Centre’s development and distribution of knowledge and training products and services for those implementing water and sanitation programs in underdeveloped communities.
Silicon Valley is home to some of the nation’s most prosperous communities, yet it suffers from the third highest rate of chronic homelessness in the United States. Destination: Home is working to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring in Santa Clara County. In 2018, Cisco announced a five-year, $50 million commitment to help accelerate development of new housing, use technology to improve coordination of existing resources, and offer support to prevent homelessness for individuals and families at risk.
Cisco has supported Digital Green's Loop program, which leverages mobile technology to improve smallholder farmers' access to markets—digitizing the aggregation, transport, and payment process and helping farmers realize the highest possible income from their sales.
This global organization works to eliminate poverty and homelessness with affordable housing. Cisco provides cash grants and matches employee volunteer time with cash contributions.
The Housing Trust makes loans and grants to increase the supply of affordable housing. Cisco has supported its lending programs to enable the construction of permanently affordable rental properties for low income residents.
KoboToolbox is a free and open-source data collection, management, and sharing platform for humanitarian aid organizations. Cisco supported the re-launch of the ToolBox in 2014 and has since supported the development of additional features.
myAgro’s mission is to move smallholder farmers out of poverty. Their flagship product, Mobile Layaway, helps farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa save to buy seeds, fertilizer, and training using their mobile phones. Cisco has supported investments in myAgro’s platform to enable greater scale throughout Africa.
Replate's technology platform enables businesses to schedule on-demand pickups for surplus food that would otherwise be wasted. Their team of "food rescuers" then brings the donated food directly to those experiencing food insecurity in the community. Cisco has supported Replate's COVID-19 response effort as well as the development of their digital platform.
Cisco is supporting Simprints' efforts to build inclusive, ethical, AI-powered biometrics for identification in developing countries. This support will help ensure that each beneficiary receives the goods or services to which they are entitled while reducing duplication and fighting fraud or misuse in humanitarian programs at scale.
Cisco Crisis Response serves as a standby partner for the ETC. Managed by the UN World Food Programme, ETC is a global network of organizations that work together to provide shared communications services in humanitarian emergencies. Cisco is one of only two trusted private-sector members in a network comprised mainly of nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations.
The Ushahidi platform, which Cisco has supported, is a crowd-sourced, freely shared mapping and content management system to improve collaboration and coordination of disaster response and relief efforts.
Cisco occasionally supports organizations outside or across our investment areas when we discover highly innovative uses of IT or an opportunity to scale the impact of our support for nonprofits.
As a founding partner, Cisco has supported the expansion of Network for Good's Internet-based resources to help nonprofits raise funds, communicate, and strategize.
The Trust was created in 2008 to support increasing access to education for black South African students. For example, the King’s School provides primary school education (tuition and boarding) to seven least-served black South African students with support from the Trust.
Cisco and TechSoup work together to connect nonprofits and public libraries with donated and discounted technology products for social benefit across the globe.