The Cisco Foundation today announced it has awarded its 14th annual Silicon Valley Impact Grants to 67 nonprofits that are identified as innovative and effective in addressing K-8 education, basic healthcare and adult vocational needs in the Bay Area.
Each nonprofit was awarded a $15,000 impact grant and recognized for its commitment to the community during a recognition event at Cisco's San Jose headquarters.
The event featured guest speaker Pamela Hawley, founder and CEO of UniversalGiving. Hawley provided the grant recipients with valuable insight into nonprofit marketing and brand building through the use of social networking technology.
According to Executive Director Michael Yutrzenka, "The Cisco Foundation has a rich history of supporting nonprofit organizations and programs focused on addressing critical human needs, education and economic empowerment. Through the Impact Grants we are pleased to recognize and support some of the many organizations that are delivering critical services and support to the Silicon Valley community at large through innovative initiatives and sustainable programs."
Ricardo Benavidez, Cisco's Community Relations Manager, added: "We are proud of the role Cisco employees have in supporting their communities. The Silicon Valley Impact Grants program exposes Cisco volunteers to the amazing work of so many organizations by engaging them in the selection process and providing ongoing support opportunities. Our employees are central to Cisco and the Foundation's strategy to help foster a healthy and thriving community."
Cisco is a UniversalGiving Corporate client. UGC is a customized service that helps companies manage their global Corporate Social Responsibility Programs. UGC handles the strategy, operations, and NGO vetting to ensure the success of international giving and volunteer programs. In doing so, we help a company's bottom line by increasing corporate brand image, employee attraction/retention, and client attraction/retention.