The Butte America Foundation (BAmF) has been awarded $3,500 by the Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., through a program called 2 Million & Change. This program allows Staples associates around the globe to direct more than $2 million in donations each year directly to nonprofits of their choice. These dollars will go to support the educational efforts of KBMF 102.5FM, the non-commercial radio station licensed to BAmF. The nomination came from Mr. Travis Immonen, a volunteer with KBMF who works at the local Staples store in Butte.
About the Staples Foundation
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.”
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.