Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., has awarded $25,000 to Read to a Child in 2013 under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations. The grant amount is connected to the level of personal engagement associates have with the organization; a deeper involvement results in additional grant dollars. Fifteen Staples associates over the course of 2013 directed grant money to the non-profit.
Read to a Child helps bridge the literacy gap that exists for thousands of kids. In 2013, the organization changed its name from Everybody Wins USA to Read to a Child, which expresses its ultimate mission and encompasses additional programs and research to improve literacy skills amongst children. Read to a Child has operations in six locations nationwide and continues to grow to serve more children throughout the country.
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.”