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Cisco Foundation

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.

Climate funding update

The Cisco Foundation in April 2021 committed $100 million over ten years to fund climate solutions. We are not currently accepting unsolicited requests for funding climate solutions. Applications are on an invitation-only basis as we launch, but will be opened for general applications starting August 2021. Thank you for your interest and please check this page periodically for updates.

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.

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

Larry Carter, Board Member Emeritus, Cisco Foundation

Mary de Wysocki, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs, Cisco

Saidah Grayson Dill, Vice President, Legal, and Deputy General Counsel, Cisco

Mark Dodds, Senior Vice President, Americas Global Enterprise Segment, Cisco

Kristina Johnson, President, The Ohio State University; Board of Directors, Cisco

Rob Johnson, Senior Vice President, Global Tax and Customs Administration, Cisco

Naveen Menon, President, Cisco Southeast Asia

John Morgridge, Board Chair, Cisco Foundation

John Rivers, Director, Services Sales, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Agostino Santoni, Managing Director, Cisco Italy

Max Tremp, Senior Director, Engineering Sales, 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: