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How We Give

From cause marketing and charitable donations to grants and gift cards, Staples supports 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations focused on education and job skills in a variety of ways. In fact, in 2014 we gave more than $13.8 million to non-profit organizations around the world.


Staples Foundationsm, our private charitable arm, awards grants through the our 2 Million & Change program. This program allows associates to nominate organizations with a focus on education or job skills that they personally care about and support. In 2014, 2 Million & Change enabled more than 9,000 associates globally to direct $2.4 million to more than 1,000 organizations across 24 countries. We encourage non-profits to reach out to Staples’ associates to learn more.

We Care gift cards and in-kind product donations

Staples stores support non-profit organizations through We Care gift cards and in-kind product donations. These donations allow organizations to get the supplies they need from Staples to help make a community event or program a success. All requests are evaluated by the local store and decisions are made at the discretion of store management. Request more information from your local store manager.

Cause marketing

Staples supports youth and education 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 campaigns:

  • Staples pledged $10 million to support Think It Up™. Think It Up, a program launched by The Entertainment Industry Foundation, is a new movement created to inspire students to pursue their passions through student-powered, teacher-led learning projects with support from Staples for Students. As a lead donor, Staples has teamed up with multi-talented recording artist, actor and Think It Up Ambassador Nick Jonas to help raise awareness of the need to support learning projects in classrooms across the country.
  • In 2014 alone, with the generous support of customers across the country, the Staples Canada Annual School Supply Drive raised more than $1.5 million to assist thousands of students in need. All proceeds go to local community organizations and schools to help send students back to school with essential school supplies. The 10th Annual Supply Drive will run from July through September 2015.

Eligibility guidelines:

  • Registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
  • Focused on education (examples: schools, GED program, mentoring, tutoring, college preparation) or 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
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Giving back to classrooms

Beginning this school year through Think It Up™, students will be able to work with their teachers to identify passion projects for their classrooms. Through this collaborative learning process, student-powered, teacher-led projects will be crowdfunded on, which is fueled by

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

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