News Release

92 Bay Area Nonprofits Receive Grants from Cisco Foundation

Silicon Valley Impact Grants Award $1.38 Million to Support Educational Opportunities and Health Care Programs in Underserved Communities
Jun 25, 2007

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 25, 2007--The Cisco® Foundation today announced the 2007 recipients of its annual Silicon Valley Impact Grants, a program that provides funding to nonprofit organizations within 50 miles of the Cisco headquarters in San Jose. 92 organizations each received a $15,000 grant from the Silicon Valley Impact Grants to support programs providing educational access and health services in underserved communities. In total, the Cisco Foundation awarded $1,380,000 in Silicon Valley Impact Grants to assist well-managed, innovative Bay Area nonprofits.

Since 1993, the Cisco Foundation has provided nearly $17 million in grants to 1,300 nonprofits serving local area communities. The 2007 Silicon Valley Impact Grants focused on two funding priorities including organizations that create educational opportunities and foster classroom innovation, and supporting health-related programs that benefit underserved populations. The Cisco Foundation gave primary consideration to programs that can be replicated through use of technology and offer online resources to support the community.

"Cisco and the Cisco Foundation are focused on building stronger, healthier global communities through strategic social investment that include cash, products and people expertise" said Michael Yutrzenka, executive director, Cisco Foundation. "We are excited to be supporting local nonprofits that share similar values and demonstrate sustainability in both business practices and programs."

Improving educational opportunities is a core focus of Cisco's social investment strategy. Of this year's Silicon Valley Impact Grant recipients the majority offer a range of educational services, such as providing teacher training, fostering classroom innovation, promoting the arts and supporting adult job re-entry training programs.

"The support of the Cisco Foundation helps offset the costs to recruit, train, support, and provide ongoing professional development for our corps of teachers who are working relentlessly to ensure children growing up in San Jose's lowest income communities make significant academic gains," said Eric Scroggins, executive director for Teach for America. "Cisco is helping to channeling the talent and energy our nation's most accomplished college graduates toward improving opportunities for children growing up in poverty, creating an unparalleled pipeline of leadership for educational and social reform."

"The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association is delighted to be a recipient of a Cisco Silicon Valley Impact Grant to support our marine education program," said Linda Hunter, executive director of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association. "The LiMPETS program is an in-depth education and monitoring curriculum designed to provide students with the opportunity to experience the scientific process first-hand. By conducting monitoring projects in both the rocky intertidal and sandy beach ecosystems, junior high and high school students develop an understanding and interest in the scientific process, not found in the traditional classroom setting."

The following nonprofit organizations are recipients of a Cisco Foundation 2007 Silicon Valley Impact Grant:

K-12 Enrichment Programs

Organizations Location
A Schmahl Science Workshop San Jose, CA
Aim High San Francisco, CA
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County Santa Cruz, CA
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area San Francisco, CA
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula Menlo Park, CA
Bring Me a Book Foundation Mountain View, CA
Bring Me a Book Foundation San Francisco, CA
California Dictionary Project San Francisco, CA
City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley San Jose, CA
Community Bridges Aptos, CA
Community Partners for Youth, Inc. San Jose, CA
Community Resources for Science Berkeley, CA
Family Supportive Housing, Inc. San Jose, CA
Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association San Francisco, CA
Francisco Connection San Francisco, CA
Future Families, Inc. San Jose, CA
Girl Scout Council Inc. Santa Clara County San Jose, CA
Girl Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area Oakland, CA
Industry Initiatives for Science & Math Education Santa Clara, CA
Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley & Monterey Bay, Inc. Santa Clara, CA
Junior Achievement of the Bay Area, Inc. Walnut Creek, CA
JUST READ: Teaching High School Students to Read Palo Alto, CA
Mission Dignity/ Community initiative Funds of the San Francisco Foundation San Francisco, CA
MK Level Playing Field Institute San Francisco, CA
National Engineers Week Foundation San Jose, CA
National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship San Francisco, CA
New Leaders, Inc. Oakland, CA
Omega Boys Club San Francisco, CA
Pacifica School Volunteers Pacifica, CA
Partners in School Innovation San Francisco, CA
Project High Expectations Learning Program Sunnyvale, CA
Ravenswood Cities in Schools, Inc. East Palo Alto, CA
Recording For the Blind & Dyslexic Palo Alto, CA
Resource Area for Teachers San Jose, CA
San Francisco Center for the Book San Francisco, CA
Teach For America - Bay Area Emeryville, CA
The Peninsula Bridge Program Menlo Park, CA
The Role Model Program San Jose, CA
Third Street Community Center San Jose, CA
YES Reading Milpitas, CA

Arts in Education Programs

Organization Location
Asian Art Museum San Francisco, CA
AXIS Dance Company Oakland, CA
Carnaval San Francisco - Mission Neighborhood Centers San Francisco, CA
Film Arts Foundation San Francisco, CA
Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center San Pablo, CA
Northern California Public Broadcasting, Inc San Francisco, CA
Oakland Asian Students Educational Services (OASES) Oakland, CA
Palo Alto Art Center Foundation Palo Alto, CA
Performing Arts Workshop, Inc. San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Jazz Organization San Francisco, CA
San Jose Repertory Theatre San Jose, CA
Tapestry Arts San Jose, Inc. San Jose, CA
Z Space Studio San Francisco, CA
Zeum San Francisco, CA

Adult Vocational Programs

Organization Location
Achievekids Palo Alto, CA
Ascent Employment Program San Jose, CA
Clausen House Oakland, CA
Community Association for Rehabilitation Palo Alto, CA
Homeless Prenatal Program San Francisco, CA
Narika Berkeley, CA
Pacific Autism Center Sunnyvale, CA
Sensory Access Foundation Sunnyvale, CA
Services for Brain Injury San Jose, CA
Springboard Forward Belmont, CA
Street Tech San Pablo, CA
The Family School San Francisco, CA
Women's Audio Mission San Francisco, CA
Youth UpRising Oakland, CA

Health Programs

Organization Location
Aphasia Center of California Oakland, CA
Blind Babies Foundation Oakland, CA
Caduceus Outreach Services San Francisco, CA
Coastside Family Medical Clinic Half Moon Bay, CA
Community Breast Health Project Palo Alto, CA
Crisis Support Services of Alameda County Oakland, CA
Eastfield Ming Quong, Inc. Campbell, CA
Friends for Youth, Inc. Redwood City, CA
Hospice of the Valley San Jose, CA
Huckleberry Youth Programs San Francisco, CA
InnVision the Way Home San Jose, CA
Institute on Aging San Francisco, CA
LIFE ElderCare, Inc. Fremont, CA
National Alliance on Mental Illness - Santa Clara County Campbell, CA
National Kidney Foundation of Northern California, Inc. San Francisco, CA
Parents Helping Parents, Inc. Santa Clara, CA
RotaCare Bay Area, Inc. Gilroy, CA
Santa Clara Family Health Foundation Campbell, CA
South Bay Children's Medical Center Los Gatos, CA
St. Joseph's Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Hayward, CA
Sunday Friends Foundation San Jose, CA
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society San Jose, CA
Youth and Family Enrichment Services San Carlos, CA

Cisco Foundation, with a $165M endowment, awards approximately $10M each year in impact grants worldwide. Additional information about the 2007 Silicon Valley Impact Grant recipients can be found at: