Staples Associate Directs $7,500 to Center for Women & Enterprise

Framingham Staples Associate Chooses Non-Profit Organization to Benefit from Staples Foundation Grant


Boston. MA (February 6, 2014) – Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., has awarded $7,500 to Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations.

(February 6, 2014) – Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., has awarded $7,500 to Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations.

The Staples Foundation Grant will be used to support the Center for Women & Enterprise’s Community Classrooms Program. Community Classrooms brings classrooms and resources directly into underserved communities, to help them transform their lives, escape from poverty, create financial resources, create jobs and drive economic growth. The Community Classrooms program offers access to entrepreneurship training and business resources to residents in urban areas historically isolated by poverty, lack of transportation and slow economic growth. The primary goal of Community Classrooms is to fortify underserved communities, building a more stable economic environment by eliminating barriers that hold residents back.

"We are grateful for the support and generosity The Staples Foundation and it's associates have shown to the Center for Women & Enterprise and the women we serve," said Susan Rittscher, President & CEO of CWE. "Their donation will help us further our goal of providing access to programs and services in support of economic stability and growth through entrepreneurship in underserved neighborhoods and communities."

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."


About Staples Community and Giving

Staples is dedicated to providing education and job skills opportunities in communities where our customers and associates live and work with a primary focus on support disadvantaged youth, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development initiatives. Staples supports these causes through corporate contributions, in-kind donations and grants from Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. Through its global community and giving efforts, Staples has helped more than 6,500 organizations in local communities across 26 countries. Community and Giving 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

Center for Women & Enterprise - Established in 1995, the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women start and grow their own businesses. 

As New England's leading organization for women entrepreneurs, we work hard to ensure that all women, regardless of their economic status, are provided access to our programs and services. CWE offers scholarships to disadvantaged clients while fostering influential relationships for successful business women at the other end of the financial spectrum.

The Center for Women & Enterprise provides education, training, resources and connections to women (and men) through three locations in Boston, MA; Worcester, MA; and Providence, RI. 

In addition, CWE is the New England affiliate for Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), serving as their certification arm for women-owned businesses. WBENC Certification is nationally recognized in helping established women business owners access new corporate contracts with organizations that are actively seeking supplier diversity.