Submitted by Cisco Systems, Inc.
The grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations, located within a 50-mile radius of Cisco System's headquarters in San Jose, that reflect the Cisco Systems Foundation's dedication to providing vital food, clothing and shelter services to local community members who may be in need, expanding access to education, and to promoting and sustaining volunteerism and responsible citizenship. Each recipient of this year's grant award provides essential community services such as improving the local homelessness and hunger situation, providing healthcare services for low income families, providing career and computer training for disadvantaged and disabled individuals, and enriching youth and adult education through technology and the arts.
"We are pleased to partner with these local nonprofits who provide lasting solutions that are necessary for the many issues facing our community," said Tae Yoo, vice president corporate philanthropy. "Cisco believes in doing its part in building stronger, more productive communities and we thank these organizations for giving Cisco the opportunity to partner with them on their important work."
During fiscal year 2003, approximately $2 million was awarded to 150 Bay Area nonprofit organizations. Funding is used in a variety of innovative ways to provide key services in education, arts instruction, shelter, food, health and community service. These grants help to fund local programs such as:
The grant supports the availability of information required to break the cycle of poverty and dependence while allowing staff at nonprofit agencies to use technology so that they may concentrate on what they do best: assist community members to become self-sufficient. HelpSCC has been identified as the backbone for Santa Clara County's 2-1-1 -- the multilingual, 24 hour hotline to assist callers in finding the resources they seek -- expected to be fully operational by Spring 2005.
The Cisco Systems Foundation grants are awarded through the San Jose Impact Grants program and are awarded twice a year. Eligible organizations can receive funding for up to three consecutive years. Interested not-for-profit organizations can view complete information at: www.cisco.com/go/sjgrants.
The Cisco Systems Foundation's giving is based upon three core values:
Living (basic human needs), Learning (access to education) and Giving Back (technology and innovation in non-profits). Since its inception, the program has awarded more than 800 community grants amounting to over $11 million to San Francisco Bay Area nonprofits.
About the Cisco Systems Foundation: The Cisco Systems Foundation was established in 1997 by a gift from Cisco Systems, Inc. As Corporate Philanthropy's primary cash investment vehicle, the Foundation provides grants to select organizations with long-lasting, local or global impact.
More information on the Cisco Systems Foundation is available at www.cisco.com/go/foundation.
More from Cisco Systems, Inc.