Top 50 Corporate Giver

Cisco Systems (CSCO)


Michael Yutrzenka

Foundation program:

The Cisco Systems Foundation
0 % of giving is through foundation

Signature program:

Cisco Networking Academy Program
The Cisco Networking Academy Program is a comprehensive e-learning program that provides students with the Internet technology skills essential in a global economy. The Networking Academy delivers Web-based content, online assessment, student performance tracking, hands-on labs, instructor training and support, and preparation for industry standard certifications.

Launched in October 1997 with 64 educational institutions in seven states, the Networking Academy has spread to more than 145 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Over 260,000 students have enrolled at more than 9800 Academies located in high schools, technical schools, colleges, universities, and community-based organizations. Cisco Systems trains the Cisco Academy Training Centers (CATCs), the CATCs train Regional Academies and the Regional Academies train the Local Academy Instructors who then educate students.

2004 cash donations $ 33,400,000
As pct. of revenue 0.1 %
As pct. of earnings 0.4 %
Change since 2003 -12.6 %
Change since 2002 -27.9 %

2004 in-kind donations $ 19,800,000
As pct. of revenue 0.1 %
As pct. of earnings 0.2 %
Change since 2003 5.3 %
Change since 2002 -6.6 %

Projected increase/decrease no change

 Favored Issues
  arts   education   community development   health care   international
  Arts   Edu   Comm   Health   Intl

   Other / specifics:   Main Focus Areas:
1) Basic Human Needs
2) Access to Education
3) Responsible Citizenship

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 Major Objectives

Cisco's work is driven by a simple vision: we want to do our part in building stronger, more productive global communities. We believe that healthy, self-sustaining communities arise when every individual has the means to live, the opportunity to learn, and the chance to share those gifts with others. And, we achieve these goals by doing more than just checkbook giving--we contribute all the assets of the corporation to make an impact. As a result, we have established the following goals:

Basic Human Needs: Overcome the cycle of poverty and dependence through strategic partnerships that help to provide food, shelter, and other essential prerequisites to self-sufficiency.

Access to Education: Create educational opportunity and foster classroom innovation, thereby giving underserved students the chance to thrive, focusing in particular on young women and girls in least-developed nations.

Responsible Citizenship: Promote a culture of volunteerism and social responsibility through programs and strategic grants that emphasize each citizen's role in serving and sustaining healthy communities.

While we are always ready to respond to immediate community needs, particularly in times of crisis, we believe that short-term community interventions must give way to lasting transformation if a cycle of self-sufficiency is truly to take hold.

Strong public and private partnerships can create lifelong learning opportunities for people around the world. A successful example is the Jordan Education Initiative (JEI), an ambitious e-learning project developed out of a partnership between the Kingdom of Jordan and Cisco Systems that is poised to be an educational model in many other nations.