The Cisco Foundation was established in 1997 by a gift from Cisco. We make strategic grants to programs with long-lasting impact on a local, national, and global scale. We also empower employees to give more through our matching gifts program.
During an Ashwini Charitable Trust community service day, the India Civic Council donated and installed a library system and computer network. It also held a Kids Teach Kids day in April 2008, during which children of Cisco employees taught first-generation learners at Ashwini how to use the Internet. In addition, a video essay contest invited these children to learn digital technology and create videos that were posted on YouTube.
Last September, as part of a pilot program to encourage employees in emerging countries to contribute, Cisco lowered the level at which Cisco matches employee donations in India from $50 to $12.
This helped the Akshaya Patra Foundation to provide midday meals every day for one year to 10,700 children within a 10-kilometer radius of Cisco’s Bangalore campus.
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