• Quantity: Organizations may request any number of products for a total of up to USD $4,800 in administrative fees per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). You can place as many requests as needed each year, as long as the total administrative fees for all of your requests do not exceed the maximum.
  • Budget: Organizations with annual operating budgets of $20 million or less are eligible to apply for products in this program.
  • Nonprofits only:
    • Products in this program are available only to qualifying nonprofits and charities.
    • All Cisco requests are subject to a secondary eligibility review to verify that the organization meets Cisco's philanthropy guidelines. In particular, an organization must be able to show that its focus is on serving economically disadvantaged people. If an organization does not meet these guidelines, Cisco reserves the right to deny a donation request at any time. TechSoup will not process payments for denied requests and will return submitted checks to the organization.
  • Organization types:
    • Eligible: The following organization types are eligible to apply for products in this program. Direct-service 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 organization types.
      • Organizations that supply money, goods, or services to the poor
      • Job training, counseling, or assistance organizations
      • Organizations that provide rehabilitation to convicts, ex-convicts, alcoholics, drug abusers, or compulsive gamblers
      • Educational services and remedial reading and encouragement organizations
      • Organizations that provide aid to persons with disabilities
      • Certain community service organizations that mainly serve the poor
      • Low- to moderate-income housing assistance organizations
      • Organizations that provide care and housing of children, work to prevent cruelty to children, and combat juvenile delinquency
      • Organizations that provide care and housing for the aged
      • Organizations that provide youth development programs, except those that focus on business or government
      • Community health planning organizations
      • Patient and family support organizations
      • Mental health care organizations
      • Environmental organizations that focus on conservation or preventing pollution

    • Ineligible: The following organization types are not eligible to receive donations through this program.
      • Affiliates of a national organization, including the YMCA, Goodwill Industries, and the American Red Cross, that has more than 20 locations, even if those affiliates are considered separate entities and are not funded by the national organization
      • Religious organizations without a secular community designation. To have a secular designation, an organization must provide services to people regardless of their religious beliefs and must not propagate a belief in a specific faith. It must also have a tax ID separate from that of the church or religious organization.
      • Foundations, lending organizations, grantmaking organizations, or organizations that provide scholarships or other funding to individuals and other organizations
      • Sports, athletic, recreational, and social activity organizations
      • Camps
      • Non-direct service organizations or referral services
      • Schools, colleges, and related organizations
      • Cultural and historical organizations
      • Publishing, radio and television, film production, discussion, non-scientific study and research, and information giving and opinion organizations
      • Hospitals, fire departments, nursing homes, and ambulatory services
      • Health clinics, rural medical facilities, hospices, blood banks
      • Day care centers or child care activities
      • Organizations that offer Cisco Networking Academy training programs (even if they were previously accepted for Cisco grants) or those that teach the Networking Academy curriculum as a single or separate component of their overall mission or services
      • Research organizations
      • Business and professional organizations
      • Farming and related activity organizations
      • Litigation and legal aid organizations
      • Legislative and political activity organizations
      • Civil rights organizations
      • Credit counseling services or financial education
      • Advocacy organizations, including Planned Parenthood organizations
      • Libraries and museums
  • Existing customers: Organizations that have purchased Cisco products within the last six months or that plan to purchase Cisco products in the next six months are not eligible for products in this program. This applies to purchases made directly from Cisco or through resellers or retail channels.
  • Substitutions: Cisco may substitute functionally equivalent products in a request.
  • Terms of service: Organizations that request Cisco products must agree to any applicable terms of service.
  • Cisco products only: Cisco requests may not include non-Cisco products. Organizations must request products from other programs separately so they are not subject to the Cisco processing delay.
  • Anti-discrimination policy: Organizations that advocate, support, or practice discrimination based on age, ethnicity, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background are not eligible to participate in this program. Organizations must be willing and able to attest that they do not discriminate on any of these grounds in order to receive products in this program.
  • Case study: Recipient organizations must be willing and able to provide information to Cisco for the purposes of creating a case study or testimonial on this program.
  • Product distribution:
    • Products will be distributed under this program to qualifying organizations only, not to individuals.
    • Recipient organizations may not transfer or resell Cisco products.
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