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Donor Spotlight: Cisco

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Cisco has empowered the Red Cross to help people during their greatest times of need.

The Silicon Valley Chapter traditionally honors local companies, which have shown extraordinary support for the mission of the American Red Cross. At the 2014 Petals of Hope Gala held on March 8, the Chapter honored Cisco as their Humanitarian Partnership Awardee. Considered one of the ‘charter’ companies of Silicon Valley, Cisco has been a long-standing supporter of the Red Cross, with donations of in-kind equipment, local Board leadership, disaster grants, and matching employee donations. In Fiscal Year 2013, Cisco donated a total of $1,832,521 to support the Red Cross mission.

Through more than $18 million in donations to local, national, and international Red Cross programs, Cisco has empowered the Red Cross to help people during their greatest times of need. The company has also opened employee donation programs during large-scale disasters and matched employee contributions. Additionally, Cisco encourages its employees to volunteer by donating $10 for every hour volunteered.

Because of generous corporate partners like Cisco, the Silicon Valley Chapter was able to provide swift and compassionate relief to more than 200 Santa Clara County families affected by home fires and other emergencies in 2013. Through the “Be Red Cross Ready” program, Chapter staff and volunteers also prepared more than 5,500 individuals for disasters, and trained 3,700 people to get a kit, make a plan and be informed.

Cisco’s generosity also enabled the Chapter’s Service to the Armed Forces program to respond to more than 1,570 requests for assistance in Fiscal Year 2013. The Chapter relayed emergency messages between loved ones and their service members abroad, provided emotional support to military families, and helped wounded veterans return to civilian life once home.