Social Impact Partners

Creating digital solutions to social problems

Working through nonprofit and nongovernmental partners, Cisco and the Cisco Foundation help create technology-based solutions for climate, crisis response, economic empowerment, and education, thereby improving lives around the globe.

Cisco Crisis Response partners

We make 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.

Akvo (multinational, not including United States)

Akvo's mission is to bring data-driven decision making and innovative technology to the development sector. Cisco has supported the development of FLOW, a data collection tool designed for the humanitarian context; Lumen, a data analysis and visualization tool; and Caddisfly, a mobile-based water quality testing tool. We have also supported advancement of remote data collection capabilities.

American Red Cross (multinational, including United States)

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. 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.

Destination: Home (United States)

Silicon Valley is home to some of the most prosperous communities in the United States, yet it has the fourth-largest homeless population in the country. Destination: Home is working to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurrent in Santa Clara County, California. Since 2018, Cisco has donated over US$65 million 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.

Digital Green (multinational, not including United States)

Digital Green is a global development organization that empowers smallholder farmers to lift themselves out of poverty by harnessing the collective power of technology and grassroots-level partnerships. Cisco has supported development of Digital Green's various tech platforms which help to increase smallholder farmers' productivity and income, and improve access to markets through digital training, targeted advisories, and tools that enable data-driven decision making.

Feeding America (United States)

Feeding America is a nationwide network of food banks, food pantries, and community-based organizations working to end hunger by providing food and support to millions of people. Cisco support for a new transportation management system streamlined services for Feeding America's 200 member food banks. The initiative has led to a projected savings of US$1.5 million over five years, or 12 million meals.

Habitat for Humanity (multinational, including United States)

Habitat for Humanity is a global organization that works to eliminate poverty and homelessness with affordable housing. Cisco provides cash grants and matches employee volunteer time with cash contributions.

Housing Trust Silicon Valley (United States)

The Housing Trust makes loans and grants to increase the supply of affordable housing. Cisco and the Cisco Foundation have invested over US$30 million in the organization's TECH Fund, which enables the construction of supportive and affordable housing for low-income residents.

KoboToolbox (multinational, including United States)

KoboToolbox is a free and open-source data collection, management, and sharing platform for humanitarian aid organizations. Cisco supported the relaunch of KoboToolbox in 2014 and has since supported the development of additional features.

Mercy Corps (multinational, including United States)

Mercy Corps is a global team of humanitarians whose mission is to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities. Mercy Corps has been a strategic Cisco partner since 2006. Since 2017, Cisco has provided US$20 million in its partnership with Mercy Corps to use technology to transform the delivery of humanitarian aid, and to support client resilience and adaptation.

myAgro (multinational, not including United States)

myAgro's mission is to empower smallholder farmers, especially women, to reduce poverty and increase food security. Cisco has supported digitization of myAgro's operations through technology platforms since 2018, including Mobile Layaway, Mobile Money, and the organization's latest flagship product, myAgro Connect. myAgro's unique model helps farmers in sub-Saharan Africa use their mobile phones to save money to purchase high-quality seeds and fertilizers. The farmers can also access support and training on climate-smart agricultural practices to improve yields and protect the environment.

NetHope (multinational, including United States)

NetHope helps its 63-member consortium of nonprofits to effectively address the world’s most pressing challenges through collaboration, collective action, and the smarter use of technology. Cisco supports NetHope in scaling up the collective ability of the NetHope community to prepare for and respond to disaster, to combat cybercrime, and to seed collaborations and digital solutions for climate-affected communities.

Replate (United States)

Replate's mission is to eliminate food waste and alleviate food insecurity. Using the nonprofit's technology platform, donors of surplus food connect with organizations that distribute the food to people in need. Cisco has supported development of the platform with advanced AI-based algorithms to optimize Replate's operations.

Simprints (multinational, not including United States)

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.

UN ETC (Emergency Telecommunications Cluster) (multinational, not including United States)

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 composed mainly of nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations.

Economic empowerment partners

Through its 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.

Agora Partnerships (multinational, not including United States)

Agora Partnerships calibrates the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Latin America to build inclusive prosperity for individuals, businesses, the community, and the environment. Cisco is supporting Agora Partnerships in their Ecochallenge interactive platform which empowers entrepreneurs to apply green solutions to run, enhance, and accelerate their businesses, increase revenue, enter new markets/gain market share, and reduce their carbon footprint.

AnnieCannons (United States)

AnnieCannons is helping to transform 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 for the organization's growth and to improve the delivery and effectiveness of its programs. We have also provided donations of Cisco technology to improve the security and efficiency of AnnieCannons' operations.

Astia (multinational, including United States)

Astia is transforming the way businesses are funded, 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 its work.

Bridges to Prosperity (multinational, not including United States)

Bridges To Prosperity builds bridges to better lives in rural communities. Trail bridges connect rural communities to critical services such as healthcare, education, and markets, which in turn, massively improve livelihoods and well-being across the board. Cisco is supporting Bridges to Prosperity’s Fika Map project, a suite of remote analysis AI and machine learning tools to identify transportation barriers in rural, hard-to-reach regions by harnessing publicly available data.

Centro Community Partners (multinational, including United States)

Centro provides low-income, minority, and female entrepreneurs with entrepreneurship education, one-on-one business coaching, mentorship, leadership programs, and access to capital so they can create local jobs, become financially stable, and help build thriving communities. Through support from Cisco, Centro is streamlining and improving the efficiency of its operations, as well as developing innovations for entrepreneurship through Centro Labs.

Entrepreneurship for All (United States)

Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) is accelerating economic and social impact through entrepreneurship in midsize U.S. cities. The organization supports entrepreneurial growth by way of an innovative small business/nonprofit accelerator. Cisco is supporting EforAll to virtualize all of their offerings, enabling them to quickly scale across the U.S.

FINCA (multinational, not including United States)

FINCA’s mission is to alleviate poverty through lasting solutions that help people build assets, create jobs, and raise their standard of living. The organization offers responsible, relevant, and affordable financial products and services, such as small loans or savings accounts. FINCA reaches people in remote communities using technology like mobile phones and tablets, and provides access to life-enhancing products, like clean cook stoves. Cisco is supporting FINCA in using technology and data to target clients with relevant and culturally sensitive content in local languages, as well as FINCA Ventures’ investments in innovative companies focusing on climate and fintech solutions throughout Africa.

Generation (multinational, including United States)

Generation is a global nonprofit network that supports people to achieve economic mobility and a better life. They transform education to employment systems to prepare, place, and support people into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible. Cisco is supporting Generation’s platform upgrades, making them more seamless to use, and enabling both global scale and to enhanced data capture.

International Rescue Committee (multinational, including United States)

Support for Afghan Financial Empowerment (SAFE) is an initiative launched by IRC and IRC's Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) to empower Afghan families as they begin their journey to financial stability and economic security in their new homes across the U.S. Cisco’s support is enabling the IRC to expand the existing SAFE platform to build out multi-lingual tech offerings to serve as a portal for all immigrant, refugee, and diverse communities, starting with Spanish-speaking communities. SAFE is now known as Supporting Access to Financial Empowerment.

Kiva (multinational, including United States)

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 globally, and to implement the organization's model in the United States.

Laboratoria (multinational, not including 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 for the development of Laboratoria's assessment, learning, and evaluation platform, and expand their breath of offerings.

Living Goods (multinational, not including United States)

With Cisco's support, Living Goods has developed and implemented a set of mobile apps and underlying technology platform to increase the scale, efficiency, and effectiveness of the organization's micro-entrepreneur network and improve health outcomes for women and children in Uganda, Kenya, and Burkina Faso.

NESsT (multinational, not including United States)

NESsT develops sustainable social enterprises that solve critical social problems in emerging market economies. Cisco is supporting digital enhancements to NESsT’s Refugee Employment Initiative, focused on Ukranian refugees in Poland and Romania; and their investments in climate- and tech-focused entrepreneurs in the Amazon region.

New Energy Nexus (multinational, including United States)

New Energy Nexus’ mission is to support diverse entrepreneurs to drive innovation and build equity into the global clean energy economy. Cisco is supporting the New Energy Academy, an online-offline training platform for electricians and technical professionals looking to build their solar installation and design skills and enter the solar sector as an entrepreneur or professional. It was designed to vastly accelerate the training and qualification of new solar professionals around the world, and its goal is to ensure that adequate installation capacity comes online to meet demand for solar energy.

Opportunity International (multinational, not including United States)

With Cisco support, Opportunity International is designing and delivering mobile banking products and training to low-income people globally who lack access to financial products and services.

Solar Sister (multinational, not including United States)

Solar Sister invests in women's clean energy businesses in off-grid communities in Africa. The organization recruits, trains, and supports female entrepreneurs to build businesses and bring clean energy to their communities. These efforts create income-generating opportunities for women, as well as positive environmental and health outcomes in the communities Solar Sister supports. Cisco is supporting the organization in using technology to enhance the digital skills of its entrepreneurs and improve the efficiency of Solar Sister's operations to support its overall growth objectives.

Trickle Up (multinational, not including United States)

Trickle Up supports the development of sustainable livelihoods for women who live in extreme poverty: those who struggle to survive on less, and often far less, than US$1.90 per day. The organization uses a "graduation" approach to help women start and build financially viable businesses. Cisco is supporting Trickle Up in applying technology to connect coaches with their beneficiaries to deliver capacity building and other critical services, which will facilitate deeper connections between Trickle Up and the women it serves.

Upwardly Global (United States)

Upwardly Global works to eliminate employment barriers for skilled immigrants and refugees who have international credentials, so they can successfully join the professional U.S. workforce. Cisco is supporting the organization's efforts to scale its work to reach more people and to create new learning pathways.

Village Capital (multinational, including United States)

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.

Education partners

Through Global Impact Cash Grants, Cisco identifies partners with innovative, technology-based programs that improve student performance and engagement, particularly in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) studies and among underserved communities. (multinational, including United States)

CareerVillage democratizes access to career information and advice for underrepresented youth by crowdsourcing the answers to all questions students submit about any career. Millions of learners use CareerVillage to get free personalized career advice from real-life professionals. Cisco is supporting in Class 2.0, a personalized online learning program that schools and nonprofits can offer to their students at low or no cost. The instantly accessible program offers self-paced activities to boost students' career readiness. (multinational, including United States) works to expand access to computer science education in schools and to increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities. With Cisco's support, aims to expand its reach globally, with a goal of benefiting more than 25 million new students within the next five years.

CommonLit (multinational, including United States)

CommonLit delivers open-source, flexible, and research-based instructional materials created by teachers, for teachers, to support literacy development for students. Cisco's investment helps millions of teachers and students to better synthesize, analyze, and evaluate literature by digitally annotating and highlighting text. (multinational, not including United States) equips educators to provide exceptional learning experiences for future-ready students. Cisco's support is enhancing's professional development platform known as Learn 2.0 with the goal to improve educational outcomes for all students and equip them with the skills and knowledge they will need to solve real-world issues in social, environmental, and STEM focus areas.

Darsel (multinational, including United States)

Darsel seeks to improve learning outcomes and reverse learning losses from the COVID-19 pandemic in resource-constrained communities, with special focus on math for K–12 students in developing countries. It uses SMS and Meta (Facebook) messaging to support students who have limited access to educational technology (edtech) solutions because of internet or device-related constraints. Cisco’s investment helped Darsel's development of a teacher-facing platform enabling math education and remediation.

European Schoolnet (multinational, not including United States)

European Schoolnet collaborates with teachers through a network of over 30 member countries from Europe and the Middle East to improve innovation and access to STEM education. Cisco's investment centers on the Scientix initiative, STEM programs, and European edtech startup projects.

Glific (multinational, not including United States)

Glific is an open-source, two-way communication platform that helps to bridge the gap between nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and their beneficiaries by using open-source technology, digital communication, behavioral insights, and cross-shared learning. Cisco’s support is helping Glific education partners to improve teacher capacity and student outcomes across Asia, Latin America, and EMEA using mobile SMS and Meta messaging to improve digital communication.

mEducation Alliance (Africa)

mEducation Alliance and its MathPower initiative focus on reaching youth learners across Africa with innovative and evidence-driven initiatives. Cisco investments led to the design and launch of “MathPower! Explorer,” an early-stage math education edtech solution to be a prototype for math education using interactive voice response (IVR) and feature phones based in Rwanda.

MIND Research Institute (United States)

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 (United States)

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, which are serving more than 25,000 educators across 22 states and reach over 1.8 million students annually.

onebillion (multinational, including United States)

onebillion, a Global Learning XPRIZE winner, is a nonprofit organization based in London whose mission is to ensure that 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 underserved children.

picoCTF (multinational, including United States)

An initiative of CyLab, picoCTF is a free computer security game that is targeted at middle school and high school students and was created by security experts at Carnegie Mellon University. Cisco support has helped picoCTF transition into a teacher-focused education program by developing a robust online portal that supports teachers' professional development.

Raspberry Pi Foundation (multinational, including United States)

The Raspberry Pi Foundation was based in the United Kingdom with the mission to encourage young people to study computer science. With Cisco’s investment, the Raspberry Pi Foundation created digital projects and collaboration opportunities, teaching content, and interactive experiences, including Python programming within the Code Club World platform and its network of Code Club sessions and global Coder Dojo workshops.

Science Buddies (multinational, including United States)

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.

TalkingPoints (United States)

Cisco has provided early-stage support for TalkingPoints' multilingual family engagement platform, which reaches 3 million 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 to improve their attendance and performance through increased parental involvement.

WeThrive (United States)

WeThrive equips underserved youth with entrepreneurship skills to lead the economic revitalization of their communities. Through an early-stage investment by Cisco, WeThrive adopted a new direct-to-student engagement model and improved engagement with industry. Students gained real-life learning opportunities, mentorship, and 21st century skills training. This investment will broaden access to communities across the United States.

World Possible (multinational, including United States)

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 DataPost application which will collect data from RACHEL devices, store it on an Android application, and deliver it to the internet when connectivity is present for monitoring and evaluation.

Additional partners

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.

Network for Good (United States)

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.

South Africa Education Trust (South Africa)

The South Africa Education Trust was created in 2008 to support increasing access to education for Black South African students. For example, with support from the trust, the King's School provides primary school education (tuition and boarding) to seven least-served Black South African students.

TechSoup (multinational, including United States)

Cisco and TechSoup work together to connect nonprofits and public libraries with donated and discounted technology products for social benefit around the globe.

Explore our grant programs

Global Impact Cash Grant Program

Funding to multiply the tech-fueled impact of organizations with national or multinational operations

India Cash Grant Program

Funding for programs that serve the underserved in India by applying technology

Bay Area Community Impact Grant Program

Funding to support Bay Area programs within a 50-mile radius of Cisco's San Jose, California, headquarters

Product Grant Program

Donating Cisco networking technology to help nonprofits make innovative use of the internet