Cisco Donation Program

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  • organizations may request one Cisco donation per fiscal year (1st July – 30th June), with the total administrative fees for all ordered items not to exceed USD $4000 per fiscal year.
  • An organization must have an annual budget of less than USD $20 million.

This program is currently available only to eligible nonprofits.

A range of direct-service nonprofit organizations that primarily serve economically disadvantaged people are eligible to receive Cisco donations. Please make sure that your organization's primary mission and services correspond to one of the following organizational types:

organizations providing these types of housing services:

  • Low- and moderate-income housing

organizations that provide education, job training, and literacy support to underserved populations through any of the following program types:

  • Apprentice training
  • Job training, counseling or assistance
  • Educational services and remedial reading and encouragement organizations

organizations that provide emergency or disaster aid:

  • Aid to people in the event of a disaster
  • Controlling the effects of a disaster
  • Educating or preparing individuals before disasters occur

Other organizations:

  • organizations that supply money, goods, or services to the poor
  • organizations that provide rehabilitation to convicts, ex-convicts, alcoholics, drug abusers, or compulsive gamblers
  • organizations that provide aid to persons with disabilities
  • Certain community service organizations that mainly serve the poor
  • organizations that provide care and housing of children, work to prevent cruelty to children, and combat juvenile delinquency
  • organizations that provide youth development programs, except those that focus on business or government
  • Organizations that provide care and housing for the aged
  • Community health planning organizations
  • Patient and family support organizations
  • Mental health care organizations
  • Environmental organizations that focus on conservation or preventing pollution

The following types of organizations are not eligible to receive Cisco donations through this program:

  • organizations that provide care and housing for the aged, even if they were previously eligible
  • Faith-based organizations. However, organizations whose primary mission is non religous might be able to register with an organization type that is eligible for Cisco donations. Legislative and political advocacy groups, such as Planned Parenthood organizations
  • Youth services organizations other than those listed above for job training, and literacy support to underserved populations
  • Inner city or community organizations, except for community service organizations
  • Radio, television, media, publishing programs, or training
  • Foundations, lending, grant-making organizations, or organizations that provide funding or loans
  • Schools and scholarships: public schools or school systems; private schools; charter schools; school foundations; booster clubs or other fundraising organizations affiliated with particular schools; colleges; universities; scholarships or stipend programs of any kind
  • Charities that offer Cisco Networking Academy training programs — even if they were previously accepted for Cisco grants — and those who instruct Networking Academy curriculum as a single or separate component of their overall mission or services
  • Referral services
  • Animal care services and facilities
  • Scientific research activities
  • Sports activities and services
  • Day care centers
  • Legal aid, credit counseling, and civil rights activities
  • Museums
  • Cultural and historical organizations
  • Libraries
  • Camps
  • Zoos
  • Rescue and emergency services — fire departments (including volunteer) and ambulance and helicopter services
  • Emergency or disaster aid funds
  • Hospitals and nursing homes
  • Outpatient services
  • Any organization that advocates, supports, or practices discrimination based upon age, ethnicity, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background

Cisco products may not be transferred or resold.

Additional information

  • Cisco requests may not include non-Cisco item requests. Any non-Cisco items must be requested separately so they are not subject to the Cisco processing delay.
  • Requests may be partially fulfilled: Due to the nature of the network design, product availability, and fiscal year schedules, all product donations are subject to change or delay without notice. Cisco reserves the right to substitute functionally equivalent products for any request.
  • Warranty information for Cisco products can be found at: Cisco Warranty
  • Donation requests, once approved, may take up to 8 weeks to fulfil; please plan accordingly.
  • An organization must demonstrate that it has a technology line item in its budget and must be able to state the amount of that budget line item.
  • An organization must demonstrate that a Trustee or Director of the organization has requested the equipment.
  • Cisco may, at its sole discretion, provide "functionally equivalent" substitute product(s) for any request or order.
  • Cisco products may not be transferred or resold.
  • Recipient organizations are required to sign an Equipment Donation Agreement.