Staples Foundation Awards $2.5 Million in Funding to Non-profit Organizations Nationwide

More than 100 Organizations Receive Funding to Support Programs Focused on Youth Development in 2011

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 8:00 am EST

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"Through these grants, disadvantaged youth nationwide have access to innovative, educational programs that help them reach their full potential and prepare them to become the leaders of tomorrow."

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Staples Foundation, a private foundation created by Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), announced today it has awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to 112 non-profit organizations serving at-risk youth throughout the country. Staples Foundation selected these organizations for their commitment to providing youth with the skills and resources needed to become responsible and caring citizens.

While the grants support a wide range of programs that help youth realize their full potential, 70 percent of the 2011 grant recipients will use the funding to address two key areas: education and literacy. More than 20 percent of the grants will support mentoring and life skills initiatives, and 10 percent will support environmental programs and services for youth with disabilities.

“Staples Foundation is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where our associates live and work, and supporting these organizations is making a difference in the lives of young people,” said Amy Shanler, director of community relations for Staples, Inc. “Through these grants, disadvantaged youth nationwide have access to innovative, educational programs that help them reach their full potential and prepare them to become the leaders of tomorrow.”

As part of Staples’ commitment to supporting local communities, Staples associates are encouraged to nominate educational non-profit organizations in their own communities to receive funding from Staples Foundation. This year, nearly 60 percent of Staples Foundation grants awarded were to non-profit organizations recommended by Staples associates. These organizations reflect the Foundation’s mission to support organizations that provide job skills and education for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth.

The complete list of non-profit organizations awarded Staples Foundation grants includes:

Arizona
Literacy Volunteers of Coconino County

Arkansas
Darby Junior High School

California
After-School All Stars; Independent Means; Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship; United Through Reading

Colorado
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver; Impact on Education; Women’s Vision Foundation

Connecticut
Unified Theater

District of Columbia
National Environmental Education Foundation

Florida
AMIkids; Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County; National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship; Take Stock in Children

Georgia
Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy

Illinois
Illinois College Advising Corps

Iowa
North Iowa Community College Foundation

Kentucky
School to Work Council

Maryland
Aid for Africa; National Aquarium, Baltimore

Massachusetts
Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School Foundation; Ashland Education Foundation; Assumption School; Ayer Education Foundation; Billy Dalwin Preschool of Temple Emunah; Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center; Bottom Line; Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest; Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County; Bridge Elementary School; Bridge Over Troubled Waters; BUILD – Greater Boston; Century Chinese Language School; Child Rights and You America; Civic Education Project; Cradles to Crayons; Crossroads School for Children; Duxbury Educational Foundation; Federation for Children with Special Needs; Franklin Education Foundation; GAIN@GUS at Glen Urquhart School; Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts; Growing Places Garden Project; Haynes Organization of Parents, Inc.; Home for Little Wanderers; Horizons at Dedham Country Day School; John F. Kennedy Library Foundation; Junior Achievement of New England; Junior League of Boston; Laurie C. Tinsley Memorial Scholarship; Learning Center for the Deaf; Lighthouse Academies; Loring School Parent Teacher Organization; Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities; Mather Elementary School; Medfield Afterschool Program; Miracle League of Massachusetts; More Than Words; Nativity Boston, Inc.; One Home for Many Hopes; Operation Outreach; Palmer Monson Family Network; Prep@Pingree at Pingree School; Quinsigamond Community College; Realizing Children’s Strengths; Saint Raphael Parish School; Samaritans; Seven Hills Clinical Associates; Shrewsbury Education Foundation; South Boston Neighborhood House; St. Vincent’s Home; Taunton Early Intervention Program; Technology for Autism Now; Westborough Education Foundation; Westborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council; Wilmington Education Foundation; Winthrop Improvement and Historical Association; Worcester Community Action Council; Wrentham Elementary Schools Trust, Inc.; Year Up

Minnesota
Minnesota Humanities Center

Missouri
Bridging the Gap; Kids In Motion

Nevada
Las Vegas Public Education Foundation

New Jersey
Bergen Performing Arts Center; One Simple Wish

New Mexico
Junior Achievement of New Mexico

New York
New Agenda; Rainforest Alliance; St. Francis College

North Carolina
Arts Council of Fayetteville; Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation

Ohio
Crayons to Computers; Empowerment Center of Greater Cleveland; Jobs for Cincinnati Grads; Marvin Lewis Community Foundation

Oregon
Nearby Nature; Northwest Youth Corps

Pennsylvania
Lakeside Educational Network

Rhode Island
Paul Cuffee School; St. Vincent's Home

Tennessee
Facing History and Ourselves

Texas
Student Conservation Association

Utah
Boys & Girls Clubs of South Valley

Vermont
Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center

Virginia
Junior Achievement of Central Virginia

Wisconsin
Common Wealth Development

National
Ashoka; Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Hispanic Scholarship Fund; Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

About Staples in the Community

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 arm of Staples, Inc. Through its community relations efforts, Staples and Staples Foundation have helped more than 6,000 organizations in 2,000 communities across 27 countries. Community relations is also an integral component of Staples Soul, which recognizes the connection between long-term business success and the impact Staples has on associates, communities and the planet. For more information, visit www.staples.com/community.

Contact:

For Staples Foundation
Eva Pereira, 781-559-0424
Eva.Pereira@RFBinder.com


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