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2 Million & Change

In 2016, over $2.3 million was directed to more than 1,000 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, over 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 2016, U.S. grants were awarded to 938 local non-profit organizations across 48 states.

Grants support a range of education and job skills programs, including after-school programs, career skills development, mentoring, youth entrepreneurship, school supplies, scholarships and more.

Here are a few of our 2 Million & Change grant recipients:

Easter Seals United Way Big Brothers Big Sisters
Dress for Success JDRF Breakfast for Learning
Bobby Dodd Institute Boys & girls Club Erica Roae's Kids
Girlzlife Lazerious House Ministries FOUNDATION
Horizons for Homeless Children Junior Achievement EWI
Asian Pacific Marketshare Aurora warms the night
Autism Resource Central Inventor Club

Community Hero Recognition Award

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 Steve Lilly is making a difference.

Staples Community Hero: Nikki Faith

Lazrus House, Lawrence, Ma.

Inventors Club Makerspace

Staples associate Mark Thompson volunteers for Inventors Club Makerspace in GA. He nominated the organization for a 2 Million & Change grant and was then recognized as a Community Hero winner, securing an additional grant for the organization.

How to apply for a grant

1. Make a connection with a Staples associate through a local Staples® store or other location. Engage associates in your organization through volunteering or fundraising.

2. Ask associates to nominate your organization for a 2 Million & Change grant.

3. Once an associate nominates your organization and you meet Staples Foundation’s eligibility requirements, your organization will be asked to submit a grant application.

4. Contact with additional questions.

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