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.
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.
A distinct legal entity, the Cisco Foundation makes cash grants by invitation to nonprofit and non-governmental organizations according to criteria and guidelines aligned with Cisco’s overall nonprofit investment strategy.
At Cisco, we truly partner 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, and provide our expertise to help them manage the investment.