The Stagecrafters Theater Chosen by Staples Associate to Receive $3,500 Grant
The Stagecrafters has been awarded $3,500 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 donations in the total amount of about $2 million each year.
“We’re truly pleased and honored to receive this generous grant from the Staples Foundation,” states Scott Killinger, Board President. “The 2 Million & Change funding supports our Live Theater in Philadelphia Classrooms program that exposes local students to engaging theater performed in-class and on stage right here at The Stagecrafters.”
Created in 2012, the 2 Million & Change program is a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations of their choosing 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.
How The Stagecrafters is using the Grant:
With the funds from this grant from The Staples Foundation, the director and several cast members visited classes at two Philadelphia Schools (Roxborough High School and Greater Hope Christian Academy) to meet students and deliver scripts. The school visits also included brief performances of sections of scenes from the play to give a taste of the drama.
All students are to be transported to and from The Stagecrafters to attend a full performance of “Detroit ’67” on the morning of April 5, with a Q & A period afterwards with cast and crew. Other area schools were also invited to attend on a space available basis, as the offering is limited to seating in The Stagecrafters’ auditorium. Expenses of bus transportation, royalties, scripts, and stipends for performers and crew for the special matinee are all covered by this generous grant.