Staples Foundation

Since 2002, BGCA’s Torch Club program has been supported by a grant from Staples Foundation. During that time, Staples has committed more than $10 million dollars to the program.

Torch Clubs are chartered small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls. The program is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their development. Torch Club members learn to work together to plan and implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness, and social recreation.

Staples also provides incremental support to BGCA through other channels, including in-store promotions and marketing events. Since 2005, Staples has donated up to $1 million of the sales of their Easy Button to BGCA. Staples has also partnered with local Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the nation through grant funding, event sponsorships, monetary and in-kind charitable donations and associate volunteers.

Every year Staples Torch Club Awards are given to individual Torch Clubs engaged in meaningful service projects making a positive difference in the community. Winning Torch Clubs receive monetary donations and are recognized in the community through external media outreach.

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

"Make Good Reads Happen"

Staples and BGCA have teamed up to launch the "Make Good Reads Happen" contest. The contest is an extension of Summer Brain Gain: READ!, a literacy program created to help prevent summer learning loss at Boys & Girls Clubs around the country. Voting is open now through October 24, 2014. Visit to learn about the six fantastic finalists and submit your vote.

5% of Club members are less than 6 years of age.