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2 Million & Change

In 2015, over $2.5 million was directed to more than 875 organizations across 24 countries through the 2 Million & Change program, a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundationsm. The program allows Staples® associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations focused on education or job skills. In fact, 12,000 associates have participated in directing donations to their organization of choice.

In the U.S., the program encourages community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are engaged in volunteering or fundraising, up to $25,000 per organization. In 2015, U.S. grants were awarded to 811 local non-profit organizations across 45 states.

Grants supported a range of education and job skills programs, including tutoring for pediatric cancer patients, skills development for individuals with disabilities, school supplies, mentoring and more.

Here are a few of our 2 Million & Change grant recipients around the world:

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Community Hero Recognition Award

The Community Hero recognition award honors four U.S. associates per year who are highly involved with non-profit organizations in their community. Associates across the company collectively vote on a winner each quarter. An additional grant is awarded to the winner's organization. See how Community Hero award winner Riley Doherty is making a difference.

Lazrus House, Lawrence, Ma.

Lazarus House. Lawrence, MA

Staples associate Riley Doherty volunteers for Lazarus House. She nominated the organization for a 2 Million & Change grant and was then recognized as a Community Hero winner, securing an additional grant for the organization.

How to apply for a grant

1. Make a connection with a Staples associate through a local Staples® store or other location. Engage associates in your organization through volunteering or fundraising.

2. Ask associates to nominate your organization for a 2 Million & Change grant.

3. Once an associate nominates your organization and you meet Staples Foundation’s eligibility requirements, your organization will be asked to submit a grant application.

4. Contact with additional questions.

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