Cisco employees have always been generous with their time and money, both as individuals and as members of task forces and councils. Cisco Civic Councils put corporate social responsibility and the personal ethic of “giving back” into action. Individual Cisco employees play a critical role in bringing about positive, meaningful change in communities worldwide.

Program Highlights

  • In February 2009, Cisco announced that Cisco employees, the Cisco Foundation, and John Morgridge, Cisco Board Chairman Emeritus, contributed more than $4.6 million to support hunger relief organizations around the world during the 2008 Global Hunger Relief Campaign.
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  • Cisco employees in China provide assistance to several schools as part of their Hope Schools project. The fifth Cisco Employee Hope School opened in Guangdong province in April 2009, and the sixth Hope School was completed in Anhui Province in September 2009. All Hope Schools are made possible with Cisco employee donation and Cisco Foundation matching funds. To date, the five schools serve approximately 700 children in grades 1–6.
  • Kevin MacRitchie, a Cisco Leadership Fellow in Michigan, saw an opportunity to scale his work beyond a local school district by creating a true multiagency network that can connect more than 30,000 locations and reduce expenditures for the state, local governments, public safety agencies, libraries, and schools. MacRitchie’s plan has the potential  to save a combined $1 billion a year in operational expenses.


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Cisco Leadership Fellows Program supports Cisco employees in local and global community organizations, where they work to provide strategic guidance, promote best practices, and build capacities that help these organizations have a greater impact.
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U.K./Ireland Civic Council helped raise money for charity by combining a midyear internal virtual meeting with the fundraising climax for Comedy Relief’s Red Nose Day.

National Conference on Volunteering and Service new windowis the world’s largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders from the nonprofit, government, and corporate sectors. Cisco was a corporate host and sponsor for the June 2009 meeting, which attracted 3500 attendees.

Ayelet Baron, director of business development for Cisco’s Emerging Markets group, is a Cisco Leadership Fellow who is helping nonprofit consortium NetHope carry out its work serving disadvantaged communities in more than 150 countries. See some of her presentations. new window


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