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CiSCO Foundation

Manager: Elizabeth Colello
Priority: Restricted


Established in 1997 in CA.


economic development, education, engineering/technology, health care, science, social entrepreneurship


Giving primarily within a 50 mile radius of company operations in Lawrenceville, GA, Boxborough, MA, Research Triangle Park, NC, Richardson, TX, Toronto, Canada, Beijing and Shanghai, China, and Bangalore, India, with emphasis on San Jose, CA.

No support for discriminatory organizations, religious, political, or sectarian organizations not of direct benefit to the entire community, public schools or school systems, charter schools, school foundations, booster clubs, colleges or universities, pass-through organizations, or grantmaking foundations.

No grants to individuals, or for research, start-up needs, scholarships, stipends, loans, athletic events, competitions, tournaments, conferences, seminars, festival or similar one-day events, field trips, fundraising events, sponsorships, capital campaigns, or challenge or matching grants; generally, no equipment funding.


Year ended 2013-07-31

Assets: $129,341,993 (market value)

Expenditures: $13,735,307

Total giving: $12,924,659

Qualifying distributions: $13,152,479

Giving activities include:

$8,023,084 for 168 grants (high: $445,000; low: $8,334)

$4,901,575 employee matching gifts


The following grants are a representative sample of this grantmaker's funding activity:

  • $4,138,695 to JustGive, San Francisco, CA, in 2012. For matching employee gifts
  • $526,664 to Charities Aid Foundation America, Alexandria, VA, in 2012. For matching employee gifts
  • $500,000 to Springwire, Seattle, WA, in 2012. For Next Generation of ICT Phase II
  • $415,000 to Communities in Schools of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, in 2012. For National Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Career Platform Requirements Process and North Carolina Pilot Approach
  • $300,000 to Grameen Foundation USA, Washington, DC, in 2012. To accelerate a social performance management movement
  • $246,000 to American Red Cross National Headquarters, Washington, DC, in 2012. For Disaster Relief Fund and Annual Disaster Giving Program
  • $100,000 to Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation, Lawrenceville, GA, in 2012. For Student Success Programs Project, TIC-TAC-TOE
  • $19,500 to Family Violence Prevention Center, Raleigh, NC, in 2012. For Emergency Shelter
  • $19,500 to US FIRST, Manchester, NH, in 2012. To develop Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) enrichment after-school activities for underserved students in North Carolina
  • $15,000 to Bring Me A Book Foundation, Mountain View, CA, in 2012. For San Jose Transitional Kindergarten Classroom Initiative