When the independent, non-profit Office Depot Foundation assumed an expanded role as the primary charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc., in 2006, it adopted a set of strategic priorities to guide its work. These priorities were known collectively as the "5 X 5 Program" because they encompassed five key ways in which the Foundation sought to make a difference in support of its mission – Listen Learn Care – for the ensuing five years.
Today, consensus exists that the "5 X 5 Program" achieved its objectives. The Foundation successfully enhanced existing initiatives and conceived, planned and implemented significant new programs that unquestionably made a positive impact on children, families and communities.
After assessing its accomplishments during the "5 X 5 Program" and evaluating what it learned, the Foundation developed and adopted a new set of strategic priorities to guide it for the next five years.
These priorities build on the success of the Foundation's current programs and initiatives while further refining and defining its focus on the community needs that most closely align with its mission as well as with its ability to make a difference. Collectively, the Office Depot Foundation's strategic priorities for 2013-2018 are known as "The Caring Agenda."
"The Caring Agenda" represents the logical next step in the evolution of the Office Depot Foundation. It consists of three strategic priorities:
1. Giving children tools to succeed in school...and in life.
2. Building the capacity of non-profit organizations through collaboration and innovation.
3. Helping communities prepare for disasters, as well as recovering and rebuilding afterwards.
The Office Depot Foundation is grateful for the extraordinary investment made by Office Depot, Inc., as well as the generous contributions it receives from individual Office Depot associates and donors in the community; vendors, suppliers and business partners; and foundations and other organizations.
With continued support from these diverse constituencies, the Office Depot Foundation is uniquely positioned to make a difference by bringing "The Caring Agenda" to life during the next five years.