2 Million & Change Grant


Iskwelahang Pilipino Chosen by Staples Associate to Receive $3500 Grant

Iskwelahang Pilipino Selected by Local Associate to Receive Staples Foundation Grant

Bedford, MA June 9, 2016 – Iskwelahang Pilipino has been awarded $3500 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. 

Upon receiving an email from the Staples Community and Giving Team with the good news, Iskwelahang Pilipino’s Executive Director, Maria (Bebs) Sipin says, “The grant money will help support IP’s mission of instilling cultural pride among Filipino-American students and at the same time developing a sense of community by sharing and teaching our Philippine culture to others.”

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.”

The Staples associate who recommended IP is Rowena Sy-Santos. Rowena is also a mother and volunteer at Iskwelahang Pilipino.


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 www.staples.com/community.