Amanda and Liene Miezite, Dundalk, Ireland
Today, PayPal named 77 nonprofits across 22 countries as recipients of its annual Community Impact Grants. Recipients receive monetary grants of up to USD $20,000. Along with the funding, the recipients receive volunteer support from PayPal employee volunteers and pro bono resources to help extend the impact of the award.
Each year, employees in PayPal’s offices around the world come together and vote to select local charities that align with PayPal's mission of creating economic opportunity and improving financial health for all. Throughout the year, employees contribute their time, skills, and resources to support these nonprofit organizations that are addressing the specific needs of local communities.
“Our focus on community impact and employee volunteerism is one of the ways that we fulfill our mission and live our values. Through our Community Impact Grants program, we support the communities in which we live and work and inspire and enable our employee community to come together to help advance our mission and shared purpose” said Franz Paasche, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, PayPal.
Through PayPal’s Community Impact program, the company’s employees participate in the local grant nomination and decision-making process, which builds community inside and outside the company. As part of this year’s program, grant recipient Down Syndrome Ireland will use the funds to support upskilling and employment opportunities for their members and people with Down syndrome across Ireland. Hope Chicago, an organization dedicated to creating pathways to success for multiple generations of Chicagoans through equitable access to higher education, will use the grant to fund debt-free higher education opportunities for Chicago high school graduates and their families.
"We consistently tell our Scholars that the whole city is behind them, and support from corporations like PayPal turn that into reality,” said Dr. Janice K. Jackson, CEO of Hope Chicago. “Achieving our bold mission requires public and private partnership and cooperation, and we are grateful to all that want to join us in this audacious effort."
Since 2020, PayPal employees have contributed nearly 300,000 volunteer hours, benefiting a wide range of organizations around the world.
The nonprofits receiving 2023 Community Impact Grants include:
Hong Kong S.A.R.
PayPal’s 2022 Global Impact Report: Transforming Digital Payments to Create Economic Opportunity
Building an Ecosystem of Support: Refugee Access to Capital
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