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

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>More than</i><b> </b><i>100 Organizations Receive Funding to Support Programs Focused on</i> <i>Youth Development in 2011</i> </p>

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Staples Foundation Awards $2.5 Million in Funding to Non-profit Organizations Nationwide08:00 EST Tuesday, December 27, 2011 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: ArizonaLiteracy Volunteers of Coconino County ArkansasDarby Junior High School CaliforniaAfter-School All Stars; Independent Means; Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship; United Through Reading ColoradoBoys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver; Impact on Education; Women's Vision Foundation ConnecticutUnified Theater District of ColumbiaNational Environmental Education Foundation FloridaAMIkids; Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County; National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship; Take Stock in Children GeorgiaSoutheastern Natural Sciences Academy IllinoisIllinois College Advising Corps IowaNorth Iowa Community College Foundation KentuckySchool to Work Council MarylandAid for Africa; National Aquarium, Baltimore MassachusettsAdvanced 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 MinnesotaMinnesota Humanities Center MissouriBridging the Gap; Kids In Motion NevadaLas Vegas Public Education Foundation New JerseyBergen Performing Arts Center; One Simple Wish New MexicoJunior Achievement of New Mexico New YorkNew Agenda; Rainforest Alliance; St. Francis College North CarolinaArts Council of Fayetteville; Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation OhioCrayons to Computers; Empowerment Center of Greater Cleveland; Jobs for Cincinnati Grads; Marvin Lewis Community Foundation OregonNearby Nature; Northwest Youth Corps PennsylvaniaLakeside Educational Network Rhode IslandPaul Cuffee School; St. Vincent's Home TennesseeFacing History and Ourselves TexasStudent Conservation Association UtahBoys & Girls Clubs of South Valley VermontSouthwest Autism Research and Resource Center VirginiaJunior Achievement of Central Virginia WisconsinCommon Wealth Development NationalAshoka; 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. For Staples FoundationEva Pereira, 781-559-0424Eva.Pereira@RFBinder.com