Staples Logo

How We Give

From cause marketing and charitable donations to grants and gift cards, Staples supports 501©(3) non-profit organizations in a variety of ways. In fact, in 2012 we gave $14.6 million and helped more than 6,500 organizations around the world.


Staples Foundationsm, our private charitable arm, awards grants through the new 2 Million & Change program that allows associates to nominate organizations that they personally care about and support. We encourage non-profits to reach out to Staples’ associates to learn more about the program.

Charitable donations

If an organization fits within our mission, they can visit their local Staples® store and speak with the general manager about support. All requests are evaluated by the local store and decisions are made at the discretion of store management.

We care gift cards

Staples stores support non-profit organizations through We Care gift cards. These gift cards allow organizations to get the supplies they need from Staples to help make a community event or program a success.

In kind product donations

In addition, Staples stores donate eligible products to help local organizations. Talk to your local Staples store’s general manager about product availability and organization eligibility.

Cause marketing

Staples supports youth and education programs through a variety of cause marketing programs, enabling our customers to show their support and make a difference. We've found cause marketing to be a great way to bring together customers, associates and partners in community-building endeavors. As part of Staples’ Back to School initiatives, we led the following in-store campaigns:

  • The U.S. led their sixth annual Staples for Students National School Supply Drive, teaming up with Jake T. Austin, teen actor from the hit ABC Family show “The Fosters,” to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The campaign included a kick-off backpack-stuffing event following the Teen Choice Awards and promotions in all U.S. retail stores. The campaign resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in school supplies going to local Club kids in need across the country. Since the program began in 2008, Staples for Students has donated more than $3 million for supplies.
  • Canadian retail locations partnered with more than 250 non-profit organizations and school boards in their eighth annual Staples for Students School Supply Drive, raising more than $1.5 million for supplies for thousands of local students in need. Since its inception, the supply drive has generated more than $7.8 million.
  • Staples Portugal’s innovative customer donation program, School Bench, in partnership with Entrajuda entered its fourth year. The program provides disadvantaged students with school supplies to support their educational needs. The program included both social media and in-store elements to encourage customer participation. In 2013, Staples and their Portuguese customers donated more than €27,000 to help over 2900 students in need.

Eligibility guidelines:

  • Registered 501©(3) non-profit organization
  • Serving the following areas:

– Education (examples: schools, GED program, mentoring, tutoring, college preparation)

– Job Skills (examples: job training/placement, resume building, interview skills, career exploration)

Staples will not make donations to the following:

  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, national origin, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law
  • Political organizations
  • Religious organizations, unless they are engaged in a significant project which benefits a broad base of the community
  • Individuals, including educational scholarships, medical or travel expenses

Red carpet treatment

Celebs like Jake T. Austin helped Staples for Students stuff school supply bags at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards.

Take action

We invite you to get involved with one
of the non-profit groups that Staples and
Staples Foundationsm support.

Feel free to contact our Community Team with any questions or feedback. We’d love to hear from you.

Deals! Get them now
Join us on: