Cisco Systems Foundation

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Location: 170 W Tasman Dr, San Jose, 95134 CA

EIN: 77-0443347

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Sep 05, 2018 1

Reviewer 5068 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

We were invited to complete a profile to allow us to be eligible for corporate matching grants. The form we were directed to was identical to the kind of proposal that would be appropriate for a significant corporate grant, complete with restricted budget information, full board lists, including middle names, and detailed information about all of our beneficiaries and partners. It seemed so out of scope compared to other corporate matching profiles that I reached out to double-check that we were sent the right link--although the header clearly said corporate matching. The person who eventually (~10 days) responded confirmed that it was the right form and just apologized for the thoroughness. While he was perfectly pleasant and friendly, I was left with the feeling that no one had thought this through.


Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Bureaucratic

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Oct 05, 2017 1

Reviewer 651 - Did not apply

I was very disappointed with my conversation with CISCO Foundation. It was very difficult to get a meeting, which I'm glad I did because the grant application process on their website is long and lengthy. Even though they support non-profits, they don't like to support two non-profits targeting the same problem. Because they funded another non-profit with a similar mission, they didn't want to support another one solving the same problem in a different way. I found this quite short-sighted and narrow-minded. Take a look at their portfolio and if they have funded any like-minded organizations, they probably will not be interested in supporting yours.


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Jun 23, 2017

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Applications for Silicon Valley Impact Grants come out in February and are only open for two weeks. Be sure to have all data/outcomes you will want to provide for your program before this time.

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