Last week, more than 200 leaders from dozens of technology companies and international humanitarian and conservation organizations came together at the NetHope Global Member Summit on our San Jose, California campus. Experts in humanitarian relief, emergency response, and conservation from around the world participated in nearly 30 brainstorming sessions, and I was fortunate enough to attend a few and speak with some of the summit’s most innovative leaders.
NetHope is a collaboration of 41 leading international nonprofit nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that provide humanitarian development, emergency response, disaster relief, and conservation programs. Cisco helped found NetHope in 2001, bringing together Chief Information Officers (CIOs) to better serve the developing world through smarter use of technology.
Within 24 hours of the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas almost 2 years ago, Cisco’s Community Relations team had already committed to help residents impacted by the devastation and contacted me in Cisco’s Richardson office.
Within another month, we decided to partner with Waco Habitat for Humanity to rebuild a family home, and to send Richardson employees to volunteer. After a lengthy application and vetting process, the new homeowner was selected and groundbreaking for the new home was scheduled for Friday, November 7.
Soon-to-be homeowner Gloria Alamos and her daughter with Beth Kolman and the team of Cisco employee volunteers with Waco Habitat for Humanity
Cisco’s corporate veterans program started in June 2011. It 1is focused on helping veterans find meaningful jobs and providing access to career training resources. For example:
The IT Training and Certification program launched by Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers and First Lady Michelle Obama in April 2013. This pilot program fast-tracked transitioning military personnel through IT training and certifications from Cisco and similar companies, and then matched them to high-demand civilian jobs. Nearly 400 veterans enrolled in training as part of the pilot program and 59 percent of those who had transitioned out of the military say it helped them get a new job.
Cisco ranked #2 with US$19.2 million in contributions to Silicon Valley nonprofits and community organizations -- just $240,000 behind the #1 corporate donor, the Sobrato Organization. By lending our support in our backyard, we hope to demonstrate our belief that what is good for the community is good for business.
Cisco employees, led by Senior Vice President Randy Pond (4th from right) accept the Top Silicon Valley Philanthropist Award from the Silicon Valley Business Journal on November 6, 2014.
This week, we are proud to host the NetHope Global Member Summit at our San Jose, California campus. NetHope is an important organization – especially at a time when news feeds are filled with stories about disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and social conflict.
NetHope is a coalition of more than 40 international humanitarian and conservation organizations that provide programs to underserved people globally – often during natural disasters and other crises. NetHope helps its members use technology to deliver services better and faster, to improve communication while reducing its cost, and to reach more people.
After an earthquake in Haiti in 2010, NetHope restored broadband access, enabling 15 of its members to speed delivery of food, water, shelter, and medical assistance.