Community Funds

Juneteenth Fund
8 nonprofits
Juneteenth Fund
On June 19, 1865 -- a full two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued -- news of the end of slavery finally reached Texas. Since then, Juneteenth, also known as Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day, has become a time to recognize and celebrate the culture, contributions, and achievements of African Americans. Early celebrations often served a dual purpose as political rallies to give voting instructions to newly freed enslaved peoples. However, in the early 20th century, economic and political forces led to a decline in Juneteenth celebrations due to state laws and amendments being passed that disenfranchised Black people and excluded them from voting, such as the Jim Crow laws. The Civil Rights Movement re-invigorated the holiday. In 2020, in the midst of several high-profile deaths of Black men and women at the hands of police, Juneteenth started to become more widely known and its significance particularly important. Systemic racism continues to plague the United States, and the struggle for true Black liberation continues to this day. Join us in supporting organizations that continue to work on dismantling white supremacy and eliminating systemic racism. The Juneteenth Fund is composed of nonprofits with missions that address these complex, pervasive relics of oppression through education, policy, advocacy, and access to quality healthcare and other direct services. The composition of nonprofits in this fund is subject to change.
Summer Learning, Educate to Serve! Fund
1 nonprofit
Summer Learning, Educate to Serve! Fund
In these last moments, Haiti is going through a hell of troubles characterized by armed violence, insecurity, kidnappings and political instability. This situation plunges the Haitian people even further into poverty, characterized by rising inflation and unemployment. Such a situation has several negative impacts on Haitian society, in particular the difficulty for Haitian children to complete their school year, which results in shortcomings by not being able to cover all the lesson objectives as planned. Thus, the organization Haitian Support Connections, in order to fill this educational gap, took the initiative to start its first summer camp entitled "Summer Learning, Educate to Serve!" This summer camp aims to help 300 Haitian students from elementary and middle schools in the most affected and underserved areas of Haiti, which are: Buisson (South), Petit Goave & Cité Soleil (West), Saint Raphaël & Labysinthe (North). Thanks to this summer camp, students will have the opportunity to fill in their gaps in science, mathematics, writing and spelling coupled with recreational activities and psycho-emotional support over a period of 6 weeks. This summer camp will be around a package of 5 disciplines, which are: science, mathematics, writing and speaking, recreational activities, psycho-emotional support for a cost of $25 per student. Therefore, $7,500.00 will be required to assist all the students. Thank you for being part of this great cause!
VK Runs for Victory!!  Fund
2 nonprofits
VK Runs for Victory!! Fund
Team… On May 11th, 2022 I celebrated my 50th lap around the sun. Like many, I have been contemplating this milestone in terms of the happiness of the years that have past and the excitement I feel for the years that are hopefully still to come. In so doing, I decided that I would mark the achievement of 50 years on planet Earth with a challenge to match the occasion. I have never been into running. In fact, for the vast majority of my 50 years, I have avoided it. My mother would often say – only partly in jest - that I was not able to run out of sight on a dark night. However, at the start of 2020 with the outbreak of COVID (and the subsequent isolation that it conveyed on us all) I looked for something that I could do. So, I began walking, which over time, progressed to running. A 5K run was the first target, then I progressed to 10K, and most recently I have been able to complete a half-marathon. In fact, according to my fitness app, over these past two pandemic years, I have now run nearly 5000 kilometres and shed 15 kilograms in weight. So, pre-pandemic I would never have contemplated the possibility that I could or would attempt a full marathon. However, on May 29th, I will travel to Scotland with the intent of completing the Edinburgh Marathon. And this is where I am asking for your support. In deciding to attempt a marathon I recalled the demanding and dedicated efforts of Jed Pell, Ben Bunn and their Cycle4Life support crew who cycled 800 kilometres from London to Belfast to raise funds in memory of our Cisco Collaboration colleague, Anastasia Cathcart. Anastasia lost her battle with breast cancer, leaving behind her husband and infant son. The funds raised by the Cycle4Life Team went to the Macmillan Cancer Support charity who conduct research and provide vital assistance to those who are affected by cancer. The month of May marks the 2nd anniversary of Anastasia’s passing and so it seems right that we continue to honour her memory by again seeking contributions to Macmillan Cancer Support. Anastasia was also Ukrainian. We have all been impacted by the recent invasion of Ukraine and have witnessed the extra-ordinary dedication of its people in their proud defence of their nation. We have also witnessed the devastation that this war has caused. Families, including those of our Cisco colleagues’, have had to endure separation and hardship as their bravely fight for democracy and freedom. The British Red Cross are conducting a Ukraine Crisis Appeal and their teams have been working around the clock to get critical care to those who need it most, both in Ukraine and its bordering countries So on May 29th, “VK runs for Victory”. It is my contribution to seeking victory over cancer by contributing funds to life-saving research and care via Macmillan Cancer Support. And, victory for Ukraine in supporting their citizens via the efforts of the British Red Cross. We only have couple of weeks until the marathon, and so, if it is within your budget and you feel like making a donation to these causes, may I humbly request that you do so very soon. Remember, Cisco will match any donations that you make via Bright Funds and so together we can double our impact. VK.