June 23, 2009 09:00 ET

Bay Area Nonprofits Receive $1.26 Million in Silicon Valley Impact Grants From Cisco Foundation

Grants Recognize Providers of Education, Community and Health Programs in Silicon Valley

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2009) - (NASDAQ: CSCO) -- The Cisco Foundation recognized 84 nonprofit organizations for their contribution to community development and improvement with its annual Silicon Valley Impact Grants. The Cisco Foundation's grant recipients this year support after-school, education, employment and health care programs in underserved communities. 

Grant recipients were recognized at a Cisco Foundation Grant Recognition event, June 19, at Cisco's San Jose headquarters. The event featured Network for Good's Joe Engle, who addressed online fundraising for nongovernmental organizations.


  • Each organization received $15,000 to further education opportunities, community development and health programs in underserved communities. In total, the Cisco Foundation awarded $1.26 million in Silicon Valley Impact Grants in 2009.
  • This is the 12th year the Cisco Foundation has contributed to the Silicon Valley Impact Grants, which benefit organizations based within 50 miles of Cisco's headquarters in San Jose.
  • The Cisco Foundation has contributed to almost 1,500 Silicon Valley area nonprofits since its creation in 1997, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to assist the local community.
  • The Cisco Foundation awards in excess of seven percent of its endowment to nonprofits around the world every year.


  • Michael Yutrzenka, Executive Director, Cisco Foundation

    "The Cisco Foundation recognizes that the current economic environment means that local communities need assistance more than ever before. We're pleased to be able to continue to support the Silicon Valley Impact Grants and look forward to the innovative ways in which our local nonprofits deliver and expand the much needed community services they provide." 
  • Christine Burroughs, Chief Executive Officer, InnVision

    "As the largest services provider to homeless in Silicon Valley, InnVision continues to seek innovative ways to sustain and grow programs, despite these uncertain times. As a result of the downturn in the economy we are experiencing increased demands for shelter and services for families and individuals. And so, I am truly heartened by the faithful support of corporate partners like Cisco who demonstrate their commitment to improving the lives of the most vulnerable in our community through grants and volunteer services." 
  • Mary Simon, founder and Executive Director, RAFT

    "Cisco and Resource Area for Teaching are partners in every sense of the word - the dollars, volunteer hours, and materials that Cisco has provided to RAFT over the years have enabled our organization to make a real improvement in the quality of education in the Bay Area. This Impact Grant will enable 8,000 local teachers, and hundreds of thousands of educators worldwide, to access RAFT's innovative hands-on teaching resources. On behalf of RAFT and the other Impact Grant recipients, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to the Cisco Foundation for continuing this vital partnership with the community."

Silicon Valley Impact Grant Recipients:

The following nonprofit organizations received a Cisco Foundation 2009 Silicon Valley Impact Grant:

Adolescent Counseling Services, Palo Alto
Alameda County Foster Youth Alliance, Oakland
Ambulatory Surgery Access Coalition DBA Operation Access, San Francisco
AnewAmerica Community Corporation, San Jose
Ascent Employment Program, San Jose
Berkeley Food and Housing Project, Berkeley
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, Menlo Park
Breakthrough Collaborative (Fiscal Agent), San Jose
C.E.O. Women, Oakland
California Alliance of African American Educators, San Jose
Catalyst for Youth Inc., San Jose
Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants Inc., Oakland
Chabot Space & Science Center Foundation, Oakland
Citizen Schools, Redwood City
Cleo Eulau Center, Mountain View
Collective Roots, East Palo Alto
Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County Inc., Santa Cruz
Community Gatepath, Burlingame
Community Health Awareness Council, Mountain View
Community Housing Partnership, San Francisco
Community Resources for Science, Berkeley
Community Technology Alliance, San Jose
Computer History Museum, Mountain View
Easter Seals Society of the Bay Area, Oakland
Edventure More, San Francisco
Environmental Volunteers, Palo Alto
Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco, San Francisco
Ethiopian Community Services Inc., San Jose
Familia Center, Santa Cruz
FamiliesFirst Inc., Campbell
Family Resources International (FRI), Saratoga
Family Service Agency of San Mateo County, San Mateo
Family Supportive Housing Inc., San Jose
Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, Palo Alto
Gardner Family Health Network, San Jose
Girl Scouts of Northern California, San Jose
Girls Incorporated of Alameda County, San Leandro
Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties, Inc., San Francisco
Imagine Supported Living Services, Capitola
InnVision the Way Home, San Jose
Jewish Vocational and Career Counseling Service, San Francisco
Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, San Jose
Lyon-Martin Women's Health Services, San Francisco
Maitri, San Francisco
Marine Science Institute, Redwood City
May Institute Inc., Randolph
Mayview Community Health Center Inc., Palo Alto
Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club, San Mateo
MIND Research Institute, Santa Ana
Morgan Autism Center, San Jose
New Leaders Inc., San Francisco
New Teacher Center, Santa Cruz
O'Neill Sea Odyssey, Santa Cruz
Pacifica School Volunteers, Pacifica
Partners in School Innovation, San Francisco
Project HIRED, San Jose
Raphael House of San Francisco Inc., San Francisco
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, San Francisco
Resource Area for Teachers, San Jose
RotaCare Bay Area Inc., San Jose
Sacred Heart Community Service, San Jose
San Jose Grail Family Services, San Jose
Santa Clara Family Health Foundation, Campbell
Santa Cruz Women's Health Center, Santa Cruz
School Health Clinics of Santa Clara County, San Jose
Second Start Learning Disabilities Programs Inc., San Jose
Shanti Project Inc., San Francisco
Silicon Valley Children's Fund, San Jose
Silicon Valley Independent Living Center, San Jose
STOP AIDS Project, San Francisco
Super Stars Literacy Inc., Oakland
Teen and Family Counseling Center Inc., Campbell
The Arc of San Francisco, San Francisco
The Regents of the University of California, Santa Cruz
The Stride Center, San Pablo
Today's Youth Matter, Milpitas
Trust for Hidden Villa, Los Altos Hills
Unity Care Group Inc., San Jose
Upwardly Global, San Francisco
Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Palo Alto
VMC Foundation, San Jose
W.E.R.C., Morgan Hill
Wardrobe for Opportunity, Oakland
Women's Initiative for Self Employment, San Francisco

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