Social Innovation Investments

Breaking through barriers: Upwardly Global helps work-authorized immigrants secure meaningful U.S. employment

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Cisco NGO partner Upwardly Global elevates U.S. immigrants who are searching for quality employment that matches their professional skills and experience. Our latest grant supports AI development to help streamline and improve the job search process.

Cisco NGO partner Simprints to advance ethical, inclusive AI for face recognition biometrics

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Cisco NGO Partner Simprints plans to expand their biometric technology by developing and open sourcing an ethical and inclusive AI Face ID model, helping millions without formal IDs access healthcare and humanitarian aid.

Leveraging technology to empower refugees with secure and equitable access to information, resources, and opportunities

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In recognition of World Refugee Day, this blog highlights some of Cisco’s amazing partnerships that through early-stage investment by the Cisco Foundation, have enabled these partners to design, validate, replicate, and scale tech-delivered solutions that are driving impact to support refugees, migrants, and internally displaced persons.

April 30, 2024


Increasing cybersecurity awareness and skills training across India

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Learn how Cisco and the NIIT Foundation have partnered to increase cybersecurity awareness and skills training in India.

Empowering women and transforming economies globally through inclusive partnerships

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Learn more about four of Cisco’s partners - Living Goods, One Acre Fund, Solar Sister, and Trickle Up - who helped us exceed our One Billion Lives Impacted goal by providing people, especially women, with equitable access to the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to support themselves and their families toward long-term independence, resilience, and economic security.

February 29, 2024


Investing in partnerships for inclusion and innovation: a spotlight on Astia and Kiva

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This Social Impact Partner series blog features Cisco’s partnership with Astia and Kiva, in honor of the incredible work these organizations are doing to advance investment opportunities to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color-owned businesses in the United States and globally.

January 24, 2024


International Day of Education 2024: Spotlight on Cisco’s Education Non-Profit Partnerships

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On International Day of Education, Cisco is proud to spotlight its non-profit partnerships with, Darsel, Raspberry Pi Foundation, and Science Buddies, in honor of the incredible work these organizations are doing to advance education opportunities globally.

January 22, 2024


Purpose. Partnership. Impact.

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To achieve our goal to positively impact one billion lives, Cisco forged over 100 global non-profit partnerships aligned with the purpose-driven principles that guide our business, technology, and innovation. We focused on the areas we could have the deepest impact: crisis response, learning and digital skills, and economic empowerment.