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.
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.