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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 2013 we gave more than $10.1 million to non-profit organizations around the world.


Staples Foundationsm, our private charitable arm, awards grants through the 2 Million & Change program that allows associates to nominate organizations with a focus on education or job skills that they personally care about and support. In 2013, the 2 Million & Change program enabled more than 7,000 associates globally to direct $2.5 million to more than 1,000 organizations across 23 countries. We encourage non-profits to reach out to Staples’ associates to learn more about the program.

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. All requests are evaluated by the local store and decisions are made at the discretion of store management.

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 campaigns:

  • Staples donated $1 million to, a charity that has helped fund more than 450,000 classroom projects for teachers and impacted more than 11 million students. Staples’ customers were invited to help their local teachers by donating $1. Together, donations benefitted over 450,000 students and 1,300 teachers for classroom projects in 320 towns and cities across the U.S.
  • In 2013, 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 2,900 students in need.

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
Donors Choose

Giving back to teachers

Together with our customers, Staples donated over $1 million for to support teachers during the back-to-school season.

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.

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