Staples Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: Office supply retailer Staples supports K-12 education in the 24 countries in which it operates through its charitable foundation, local donations and supply drives. 

IP TAKE: Staples supports programs with donations of supplies and technology. Non-profit organizations must be nominated for support by a local Staples associate and deemed eligible for application.   

PROFILE: Headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts the Staples Foundation was established in 2002 by the office supply retail giant. It seeks to “teach, train and inspire people from all walks of life by providing educational and growth opportunities.”  Staples supports education through its charitable foundation, the We Care donation program and its Cause Marketing initiative.

The Staples Foundation does not dedicate a specific program to K-12 education, preferring a broad approach to grantmaking. It awards over $2 million each year to charitable organizations in the 24 countries where the retailer operates. The foundation prioritizes organizations in which Staples employees are involved and organizations recommended to the foundation by Staples associates. Staples funds programs in the areas of K-12 education, job training and mentoring. Past grantees include regional chapters of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Horizons for Homeless Children.

Separately, Staples stores run the We Care and Cause Marketing donation programs at local levels. Requests for donations of supplies and technology from organizations are evaluated by store management. The retailer also supports education through school supply and technology drives throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Initial grant application is only available through nomination by one or more Staples associates, who help applicants establish eligibility. The Staples website provides information about retailer location and invites potential grantees to email questions to its community team. Applicants deemed eligible are invited to apply for foundation grants of up to $25,000.


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