Staples Associates Direct More than $1.4 Million in Community Grants Nationwide

  Staples Associates Direct More than $1.4 Million in Community Grants
  Nationwide

Associates Choose Non-profit Organizations to Benefit from Staples Foundation
                                    Grants

Business Wire

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- December 05, 2012

Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., today
announced it has awarded more than $1.4 million in grants to non-profit
organizations in 43 states under a new program that lets Staples associates
direct donations.

The grants are part of a new philanthropic initiative created by Staples
Foundation which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding
to non-profit organizations that are focused on education or job skills. The
program encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to
organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or
fundraising – up to $25,000 per organization.

In 2012, U.S. associates directed more than $1.4 million of Staples Foundation
grants to 434 local non-profit organizations, including the following
organizations:

  *Boys & Girls Clubs of America (multiple local Clubs), $183,000
  *John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation, Mass., $20,000
  *TSE-Inc., Minn., $20,000
  *A Child’s Place, N.C., $15,000
  *Horizons for Homeless Children, Mass., $15,000
  *Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education, R.I., $7,500
  *Reed Academy, N.J., $7,500
  *Midlands Community Development Corporation, S.C., $7,500
  *I Have a Dream Foundation, Colo., $5,000
  *Chicago Family Directions, Ill., $5,000
  *Women of Substance & Men of Honor, Calif., $5,000

The new program, called 2 Million and Change, will award additional funds to
organizations around the world, reaching more than $2 million in grants for
the year.

“Staples Foundation is committed to making a positive impact in the
communities where our associates live and work,” said Katy Dobbs, director of
global community relations for Staples, Inc. “Through our new program, we are
pleased to support our associates and the local non-profit organizations that
matter to them most.”

About Staples Community and Giving

Staples contributes to educational and youth-oriented community efforts, from
literacy and mentoring to career skills development, through in-kind and
monetary donations and grants from Staples Foundation, the private charitable
armofStaples, Inc. Through its community and giving efforts, Staples and
Staples Foundation have helped more than 6,000 organizations in 2,000
communities across 27 countries. Community and Giving is also an integral
componentofStaples Soul, which recognizes the connection between long-term
business success and the impact Staples has on associates, communities and the
planet. For more information, visitwww.staples.com/community.

Contact:

Staples Foundation
Kaitlyn Reardon, 508-253-4195
Kaitlyn.Reardon@Staples.com
or
Carrie McElwee, 508-253-1405
Carrie.McElwee@Staples.com
 
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