Helping our communities

Creating a pathway to opportunity through economic empowerment

For more than a decade, Cisco has invested in economic empowerment for underserved and underrepresented populations, by providing cash grants, donating Cisco technology, and contributing staff time and expertise to nonprofits that design and deliver technology-based solutions in three areas for thriving in a digital economy. 

From teacher to CEO: How CommonLit’s founder is using technology to impact millions of teachers and students

With Cisco’s support, CommonLit has created cutting-edge tools and expanded its services to reach underserved students in Latin America with localized materials in Spanish. We recently sat down with CommonLit's founder and CEO, Michelle Brown, to learn more.

A focus on access: Learning and digital skills development

As a leading technology company, Cisco is committed to offering inclusive access to digital skills training and supporting those who use technology to educate. After all, even the most transformative innovations have no value if people don’t know how to use them, or don’t have access to them.

How access to technology in the classroom changed my life

Kyle Thornton, manager of the education investment portfolio for Cisco and the Cisco Foundation, shares how access to technology changed his life and how it continues to influence the work he does today.

April 21, 2021


Investing in a regenerative and sustainable future: Cisco Foundation adds new focus on climate solutions

The Cisco Foundation is committing $100 million over ten years to fund nonprofit grants and impact investing in climate solutions. Learn more from Cisco's SVP of Corporate Affairs, Tae Yoo.

A sweet year: The BUZZ around the Cisco beehives in RTP

Time has buzzed by – especially if you are a Cisco honeybee. Last year, we installed beehives near our Research Triangle Park campus, in partnership with Bee Downtown and the RTP Foundation, to support the growing pollinator population in North Carolina, advance honeybee education across the region, and contribute toward the largest pollinator corridor in the country. Here’s an update on what the bees have been up to over the last year.

From Cisco Live to Networking Academy: A donation of pi-top laptops engages students at a Tribal college

When Cisco Live went virtual in 2020, we were still able to make an impact by donating 1,000 pi-top laptop kits to Cisco Networking Academy partners around the world. Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, North Dakota received 25 of the pi-top laptop kits that were donated.

Initiatives to enable progress: Taking action during a global pandemic

Cisco employees continue to seek ways to make an impact, especially during the pandemic. As we move on to an inclusive recovery, we take a look back at our pandemic response in our 2020 CSR Impact Report.

Using AI for good: Identifying and locating survivors of human trafficking

This blog post comes from Emily Kennedy, a U.S.-based entrepreneur. She co-founded Marinus Analytics, an AI-based startup that identifies victims of sex trafficking based on online movements.