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.
“I graduated from the drama department at Apopka High School and have been volunteering with them ever since. I want as many students as possible to gain the benefits of this amazing program just like I did.” Marie Alvarez, Copy & Print inside account manager
“Watching the youth in their programs grow and flourish has been a joy that I did not expect to feel when I began volunteering with the Columbia Urban League.” Marie Shiver, Accounts Receivable lead
“Cradles to Crayons is an amazingly well-organized, efficient, mission-driven non-profit that makes a huge impact on the community every day.” Ashley Swenson, vice president, Customer Marketing
“The Foundation is making a difference with inner-city youth by empowering them to follow their dreams and support their academic goals.” Homer Battle, account consultant
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) was the recipient in Austria, Finland, Germany, Norway and Spain. It is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF works to provide urgent care, while training locals in the healthcare profession in order to continue sustained support for the community.
“It is very rewarding to help others less fortunate. There is no better feeling than making a difference in someone else’s life.” Colette Fearnley, senior administrative assistance, Global Technology
“I’ve been privileged to be a part of a number of different events at the United Way of Tri-County – from helping set up the Pearl Street Café to serving dinner for the community with other Staples employees. Volunteering there allows associates to give back to the people of Framingham in a kind and generous way.” Jim French, senior analyst, Transportation
The YMCA is dedicated to the growth of all persons in spirit, mind and body, and to their sense of responsibility to each other and the global community. The funds from 2 Million & Change will help increase access to YMCA programming across the country, including education and job training courses.
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 Patrick Davis is making a difference.