John Morgridge, TOSA Foundation

TITLE: Co-Founder and CFO

FUNDING AREAS: Animal welfare, arts, education, environment, higher education, human services, international affairs, international development, youth development

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IP TAKE: Morgridge is a quiet philanthropist, but make no mistake, he's an ardent one who intends to give away the vast majority of his Cisco-made fortune before he dies.

PROFILE: John P. Morgridge, known for his Cisco Systems heritage, is co-founder of the TOSA Foundation with his wife, Tashia. Here's his bio on the Wisconsin Technology Initiative website, where he serves on the advisory board:

John P. Morgridge and his wife, Tashia F. Morgridge, established the Wisconsin Technology Initiative (WTI) in December 2010 to help make 21st century instructional technology more accessible to forward-thinking school districts. John is chair of the WTI Advisory Board.

John has had a lengthy career as a business executive, an educator and a philanthropist. He is currently chair emeritus of Cisco Systems, a multinational corporation that designs and sells networking and communications technology and services. John joined Cisco in 1988 as President and CEO, and grew the company from $5 million to more than $1 billion in sales and from 34 employees to more than 2,250. In 1990, he took Cisco public; in 1995, he was appointed chair; and in November 2006, he became chair emeritus. During his tenure, Cisco became the world leader in networking for the Internet, with approximately $30 billion in annual revenues and 54,500 employees in 77 countries.

Throughout his career, John (along with his wife Tashia) has made education one of his top priorities. John and Tashia established the Morgridge Center for Public Service on the UW-Madison campus, gave $31 million to the UW-Madison School of Education to modernize and expand the Education Building, gave $50 million to a research center on the UW-Madison campus, and participated in an $85 million donation to help the UW School of Business attract and retain top faculty and staff. They also established the Fund For Wisconsin Scholars (FFWS) with a $175 million gift, providing needs-based scholarships for higher education to public high school graduates.

John is on the boards of Business Executives for National Security, CARE, the Cisco Foundation, the Morgridge Institute for Research, Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, the TOSA Foundation, and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). John also teaches management at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and serves on its School of Business Advisory Council.

John and Tashia are both graduates of Wauwatosa High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University.

Morgridge gives most of his support to organizations in his home state of Wisconsin, with a smaller portion going to worthy causes in the Silicon Valley area of California. He and his wife both seek to be inspired in their giving, stating in an interview that they "are very much aware" and are "always looking" for the next idea. Morgridge's passion for philanthropy has also been passed down to his son, John, who along with with his wife Carrie, runs the Morgridge Family Foundation. Morgridge himself has stated very clearly that he intends to mindfully give as much away as he can in his lifetime.