|Staples Announces Donations of More than $480,000 to Boston Area Charitable Organizations|
|FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Apr 06, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Staples,
Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), the world's largest office products company and Staples
Foundation for Learning, a private foundation created by Staples,
today announced charitable donations to 21 Boston area non-profit
organizations. The donations, which totaled more than $480,000, are part
of the company and its foundation's ongoing commitment to supporting
non-profit organizations in their hometown.
In addition to awarding grants to non-profit organizations that focus on providing educational and job skills programs to at-risk youth, Staples funds local philanthropic events that raise awareness of their work in the community. This spring, Staples donated $220,000 to support events for the following Boston-based organizations:
American Ireland Fund; Boston Public Library; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Facing History & Ourselves; hopeFound; Inner City Scholarship Fund; John F. Kennedy Library Foundation; Junior Achievement of Boston; Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; Museum of Fine Arts; New England Jesuits; United Way of Boston and Merrimack Valley.
Staples Foundation for Learning also awarded nine grants totaling $262,000 to non-profit organizations throughout Massachusetts in support of local youth. These organizations provide programs focused on educational development, job skills and diversity.
"As a company headquartered in Massachusetts, Staples recognizes the importance of supporting organizations in our own backyard that help youth realize their full potential," said Paul Capelli, vice president of Staples, Inc. "The organizations we support provide youth with innovative, educational programs that prepare them to be tomorrow's leaders."
Organizations receiving grants include:
About Staples Foundation for Learning
The mission of Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc. is to teach, train and inspire. Founded in 2002, the foundation has contributed more than $14 million to national and local charities that provide educational opportunities and job skills for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. Staples Foundation for Learning has also developed lasting relationships with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Earth Force, Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. In addition, Staples Foundation for Learning supports Ashoka, an organization that develops and supports social entrepreneurs around the world, in eight countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the United States. For more information about the foundation, please visit www.staplesfoundation.org.
SOURCE: Staples, Inc.