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How We Give

From cause marketing and sponsorships to grants and product donations, Staples® supports 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations focused on education and job skills in a variety of ways. In fact, in 2015 we gave more than $13 million to non-profit organizations around the world.


Staples Foundationsm, our private charitable arm, awards grants through 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. 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 is building on its proud history of supporting teachers, students and education by donating to, a nonprofit which has helped fund school classroom project requests in public schools across America. Staples has donated more than $2 million to to fund nearly 1,800 classroom projects for more 2,000 teachers and impacted more than 200,000 students.
  • Over the years, the Staples Canada Annual School Supply Drive has generated over $11 million dollars for schools, nonprofit organizations, and community groups. In 2015 alone, with the generous support of customers across the country, the drive raised more than $1.6 million dollars 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.

Eligibility guidelines:

  • Registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
  • Focused on education (e.g., schools, GED program, mentoring, tutoring, college preparation) or job skills (e.g., 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, gender identity, 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

Take action

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

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

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