Amanda and Liene Miezite, Dundalk, Ireland
Today, PayPal named 77 non-profits 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 non-profit 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 fulfil 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, Focus Ireland, a grant recipient based in Dublin, will use the grant funds to provides services for young people who are homeless or face the risk of homelessness in Ireland. 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.
“This grant will help Down Syndrome Ireland to enhance and expand its employment programme,” said Barry Sheridan, CEO of Down Syndrome Ireland. “Finding suitable employment can have a life-changing impact for our members. It means so much to see our members with Down syndrome, and their families, supported along that journey through this grant, and the volunteer supports that come with it.”
Since 2020, PayPal employees have contributed nearly 300,000 volunteer hours, benefiting a wide range of organizations around the world.
The non-profits receiving 2023 Community Impact Grants include:
Hong Kong S.A.R.
PayPal’s 2022 Global Impact Report: Transforming Digital Payments to Create Economic Opportunity
PayPal Ireland Employees Award Grants to Local Nonprofits
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