Staples Foundation Grant recipient

Staples Associate to Receive $3,500 Grant 
Souris Valley United Way Selected by Local Associate to Receive Staples Foundation Grant
Minot, ND  (09/26/2016) – Souris Valley United Way has been awarded $3,500 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., through a program called 2 Million & Change that allows Staples associates around the globe to direct more than $2 million in donations each year.
“The Staples Foundation grant will help fund the 1,500 children between the ages of 0 to 5 who receive a free book every month in the mail through Dolly Parton Imagination Library area sponsored by Souris Valley United Way,” stated Patricia Smith, Executive Director.  Smith added, “A child’s brain is 85% developed by the time they are age 3.  This program encourages parents to read with their children every day so they are better prepared for kindergarten.” 
Created in 2012, the 2 Million & Change program is a philanthropic initiative which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations focused on academic 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.
In 2015, Staples awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to 875 local organizations in support of education and job skills programs, including job readiness for homeless individuals, career exploration for high school students, academic scholarships, mentoring and more.
“For 30 years, Staples associates have been making a difference in their communities around the world,” said John Burke, chief culture officer, Staples, Inc., "We’re thrilled that the 2 Million & Change program lets our associate make an even greater impact on the organizations they are passionate about.” 
About the Souris Valley United Way
Souris Valley United Way has supported the local community since 1930.  The primary focus is to help people by recruiting individuals and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done.  Each year community volunteers assist with the distribution of grant funds which totals over $14 million to date.
About Staples Community and Giving 
Staples contributes to educational and job-related community efforts with a primary focus on disadvantaged youth, 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 and giving efforts, Staples has helped thousands of organizations in 26 countries. For more information, visit