Staples Employees Direct $1.4 Million in Community Grants to Nonprofits Nationwide

The Staples Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Staples, Inc., has announced more than $1.4 million in grants to nonprofits in forty-three states under its new 2 Million and Change program.

The program allows Staples employees around the world to direct funding to nonprofit organizations focused on education or job skills. The program also works to encourage civic engagement at the community level by awarding larger grants — up to $25,000 — to local nonprofits supported by Staples employees through volunteer or fundraising activities.

In 2012, Staples employees in the United States directed more than $1.4 million in grants to 434 nonprofit organizations, including $183,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America; $20,000 to the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation and $15,000 to Horizons for Homeless Children, both in Massachusetts; $20,000 to TSE, Inc. in Minnesota; and $15,000 to A Child's Place in North Carolina.

"Staples Foundation is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where our associates live and work," said Katy Dobbs, director of global community relations for Staples, Inc. "Through our new program, we are pleased to support our associates and the local nonprofit organizations that matter to them most."