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Cisco Foundation

Social innovators multiply our impact

Social innovators multiply our impact

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.

Vision and mission

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.

  • Investment areas: We focus our support where we can make the biggest impact - education, economic empowerment, and critical human needs
  • Support for nonprofits: We make strategic grants to programs with long-lasting impact on a local, national, and global scale
  • Engaged employees: We empower employees to give more by matching their donations and making cash donations when they volunteer

Strategy for social investment

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.

  • Global Impact Cash Grants: Designed to multiply the impact of eligible organizations around the globe with national or multinational operations
  • Silicon Valley Impact Cash Grants: Available during a limited period to Bay Area programs within a 50-mile radius of our San Jose, California headquarters

Innovation and change

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.

Board of Trustees

  • Marcus Breaden, Senior Director, Legal, Cisco
  • Larry Carter, Board Member, Cisco 
  • Ehrika Gladden, Vice President, Service Sales, Cisco 
  • V C Gopalratnam, Vice President, Globalization IT, Cisco 
  • Rob Johnson, Senior Vice President, Operations, Cisco
  • John Morgridge, Chairman Emeritus, Cisco 
  • Kathy Mulvany, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco
  • Randy Pond, Board Member, Cisco 
  • Max Tremp, Senior Director, Engineering, Cisco 
  • Michael Veysey, Senior Director, Human Resources OCC, Cisco 
  • Mary de Wysocki, Senior Director, Human Resources Strategy, Cisco
  • Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco

IRS Form Return of Private Foundation (990PF)

Download the Cisco Systems Foundation’s IRS 990PF reports in PDF format: