Employee Product Donation Program: Making Cisco Employees' Philanthropic Dollars Go Further
When Conrad Clemson, vice president of strategy for the Cisco Service Provider Video Technology Group, was looking for unique ways to maximize and make his philanthropic dollars go further, he did not have to look far.
The Employee Product Donation Program (EPDP) enables Cisco employees to purchase most Cisco equipment at a 75 percent discount for donation to qualified nonprofit organizations and schools in the U.S.
Why the Employee Product Donation Program Worked for Conrad
Conrad came to Cisco from BNI Video, where he led as CEO for three years. BNI Video was acquired by Cisco in October of 2011. Conrad learned about the Employee Product Donation Program (EPDP) and TechSoup through Cisco's benefits page.
Asked what made him decide to participate in the program, Conrad said: "I am always looking for ways to maximize my philanthropic dollars. Sometimes I give appreciated stock; sometimes I use the dollar matching programs. Cisco's EPDP is unique in helping charitable organizations maximize their IT objectives in a way that is aligned with Cisco and employee gift giving. It's quite cool."
Supporting Knowledge and Lifelong Learning Through Donated Technology
Phillips Exeter Academy is a private high school that originated the system of instruction known as Harkness teaching in 1931. In the spirit of its charter to foster both goodness and knowledge, Exeter offers free education to any admitted student whose family income is $75,000 or less. Conrad worked with the school's IT department on improving the school's core network for the first year. In the second year, he worked with the computer science department to improve its computing infrastructure by 10 times, a huge impact for the school.
Bancroft School's mission statement
is to provide a "comprehensive, caring, and creative curricular and
extracurricular program" that fosters an experience of excellence for
students pre-kindergarten through high school. The school emphasizes helping
students "discover their passion in life" and so that they become
lifelong learners and good global community members.
The Bancroft School IT department has Conrad on speed dial, and together they were able to map out a five-year infrastructure plan. At the beginning of the school's fiscal year, the department was able to send him a shopping list. The school's infrastructure is now based entirely on Cisco components.
To date, the two schools have received a total retail value of $124,000 in equipment through the EPDP program.
This story was written by Olan Oronce, Cisco EPDP specialist at TechSoup.