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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 2016 we gave more than $11 million to non-profit organizations around the world.

Grants

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.  Staples cause marketing efforts bring together customers, associates, and partners in community-building endeavors. Here are a few of our cause marketing initiatives:

  • Staples is building on its proud history of supporting teachers, students and education by donating to DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit which has helped fund school classroom project requests in public schools across America. Staples has donated more than $3 million to Donorschoose.org to fund nearly 3,000 classroom projects for 2,700 teachers and impacted more than 300,000 students.
  • Each year, Staples Canada embarks on its annual School Supply Drive to help send students back to school with the supplies they need to be successful. To date, the initiative has generated over $12 million for schools, nonprofit organizations, and community groups. In 2016 alone, with the generous support of customers across the country, the drive raised more than $1.6 million to assist thousands of students in need
  • Every year, Staples Canada awards 10 publicly-funded schools across Canada with $25,000 in new technology each through its Superpower your School Contest. Schools that are focused on the environment are invited to enter the contest and share their stories of eco initiatives for a chance to win. Now in its seventh year, the contest has awarded 70 environmentally conscious schools with the latest technology to empower students to learn and nurture their passion for the environment.

Eligibility guidelines:

  • Registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization or public school
  • 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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