Vote for a Favorite Non-profit to Receive HP Technology Grant

 Hi everyone,

It is Joelle from the Community Investments team and I’m excited to tell you more about our global Starbucks Shared Planet Youth Action Grants and a cool, new opportunity our friends at HP have made possible.  As I shared earlier this year, the Starbucks Foundation funds nonprofit organizations that support youth in creating change in their communities. We believe that by supporting young people we can in turn create real change in communities.  

HP also believe in supporting young people and have been very kind to provide HP technology - with approximate value of $10,000 to give the following Starbucks Shared Planet Youth Action grantees.  All three of the organizations do amazing work for young people and we’re asking you on My Starbucks Idea (MSI) to assist us in deciding how to divide up the $10,000 HP technology grant among the organizations.  The organization that receives the most MSI votes will receive HP technology valued at approximately $5,000  and the other two organizations will each receive HP technology valued at approximately $2,500.  Once the voting concludes each organization will work directly with HP to select new computing and printing HP products that best fit their needs. Click here to check out the cool technology that’s up for grabs.

Here is a bit of information about the three organizations: 
America SCORES is a national after-school program that was started by a DC public school teacher (and former Starbucks employee) who wanted to find a way to keep her kids out of trouble after school.  By teaching them her passions - soccer, poetry, and service - her program helped kids work as a team, trust their voices, and learn how to be leaders in their community. America SCORES now serves close to 5,000 kids who write more than 20,000 original poems, get ten times more exercise than the national average, and learn firsthand that their ideas can make a difference in their communities every year.

 pairs caring adults with economically disadvantaged preschool children across the country to work together on developing the critical early learning skills children need to succeed in school and in life. In partnerships with thousands of volunteers as well as preschools, colleges/universities, community groups and government agencies, Jumpstart is working toward the day every child enters school prepared to succeed.

Public Allies helps young adults make a career out of making a difference. Applications are being accepted for 10-month paid apprenticeships, when you’ll work full-time on critical community issues while developing leadership skills through training. Change your life while changing the community.

Vote at the MSI question of the day on the homepage now!  Voting ends March 8, 2010.

3/1/2010 12:37 PM

This is a great idea! Though if I could just pick any non-profit, and not be limited to that list, I would have selected "Team Child". - Team Child has been around in Seattle for a long time, and it is a non-profit that reconnects children to education services. The children are often the most extremely disadvantaged, often being expelled from school, and need advocates to petition for their re-entry into school programs, or find alternative education services.

In any event, I think this is a great idea, and how great that HP is partnering with Starbucks to make this happen. I hope the agency with the highest votes also ends up with some coffee out of this. ;)


Steve 2
3/4/2010 4:09 AM

I  agree with Melody that this is a great idea but with so many good charities out there why limit it to three?  My charity, for example, that I volunteer with and have for the past 20 years, is

3/5/2010 3:09 PM

Hey Steve -- Looks like in our efforts to make things easier for you, we actually made them more confusing... Any web address starting with http:// should automatically show up as a link. No need for any HTML code - just copy and paste directly out of your browser's address bar. Check it out:

Hope you don't mind, I cleaned up your comments :).


3/8/2010 6:22 AM

I understand Steve 2 and Melody's comments.  I have several charities that are dear to my heart and deserve whatever they can get.  However, I think there are over a million registered non-profits in the United States alone.  I would bet there are people who feel the same way about all of them too and I bet this was a hard decision for the good people at Starbucks.  So, as Melody said, this is a great idea and I am gald that the place where I buy coffee is doing something to help out in these tough time.

3/8/2010 1:51 PM

Voting closes at 5 pm PST.  If you haven't voted yet, do so today!

3/8/2010 6:29 PM

I hate I missed the oppoturnity to vote. It is a shame that I am a Public Ally and I didn't help in the contribution to make Public Allies a strong more sustainable non profit.

3/12/2010 10:49 AM

We have a winner.  Public Allies wins $5,000 in HP Technology and America SCORES and Jumpstart each win $2,500 in HP Technology.  Thanks everyone for participating in the voting and for HP for sharing this opportunity with these organizations.

3/12/2010 10:52 AM

A thank you from Public Allies:

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