Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., has awarded $5,000 Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations. The Staples grant will benefit initiatives such as power hour, a required hour of homework help each day in the clubs, and the SPARK Literacy Initiative, which enhances the youngest members’ reading skills at critical points for learning development. Additionally, funding will also benefit Graduation Plus and Career Development programs that focus on preparing Club members for post-secondary education and career opportunities.
The grants are part of a 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.
The program, called 2 Million and Change, will award funds to organizations around the world, reaching more than $2 million in grants by the end of the year. In 2012, associates globally directed more than $2.1 million of Staples Foundation grants to 470 non-profit organizations.
“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 and giving for Staples, Inc. “Through our program, we are pleased to support our associates and the local non-profit organizations that matter to them most.”