The Matching Gifts
Program helps employees make twice the difference.
The Cisco Foundation will match direct contributions by Cisco
employees made to nonprofit organizations whose mission and
activities they support. Employees
can request matching funds for qualified 501C(3)
nonprofit organizations. Gifts
of cash, volunteer hours, and stock are matched in this program.
Employees can match
gifts of cash, stock, and volunteer hours for a combined maximum
total of $1,000 per employee per fiscal year.
The minimum match is $25.
All Cisco Systems
active, part- or full-time regular employees are eligible to
participate in the matching gift program.
An eligible Cisco
Systems employee must be affiliated with the recipient organization
at the time the matching gift is requested, either by making a
financial contribution or by working as a volunteer (minimum of 25
hours per fiscal year with the specified recipient organization).
No goods or services
may be received by the employee, the employees’ family, or other
designated individuals in exchange for the solicited matching gift.
All matching gift
funds will be restricted to the same purpose as the employee’s own
Gifts must be paid,
not merely pledged.
Matching gift forms
must be received by the Cisco Foundation within the same fiscal year
of the date the donor made the gift in order to be considered for
contributions must be charitable contributions that can be deducted
by the individual for federal income tax purposes.
organization must be tax-exempt, nonprofit, and hold a current
determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service.
The organization must
be classified by the IRS as a public charity.
The donation must qualify under Section 170(c ) of the
Internal Revenue Code.
organization/project being funded must have a nonreligious primary
organization/project must serve the community at large.
The organization must
provide audited financial statements upon request and must not spend
more than 25 percent of the support revenue for overhead costs and
Gifts from spouses,
other family members, or joining contributions made by several
Payments for which
donors, their families, or other individuals designated by donor
receive a direct benefit; this includes payment for services,
tuition, books, and student fees.
charitable remainder trusts
sponsorships, fundraising event tickets and dinners, pledges for
fundraising (walks, runs, etc.)
given to or through a third party
Gifts to fulfill
pledges, tithes or other religion-related financial commitments,
legal obligations, repayment of loans, subscription fees, membership
service for an appointed or elected government board
primary function is advocacy or litigation
that are religious or political in nature or promote a hobby
that do not serve the community at large
are membership-based (booster clubs, fraternities, sororities)
discriminate on the basis of age, disability, religion, ethnic
origin, gender, or sexual orientation
primary mission is to promote or serve one culture, race, or
Funds for capital
improvements, construction, or maintenance
programs, athletic scholarships, tournaments
and adult sports leagues