Who We Are

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Office Depot Foundation

The Office Depot Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Office Depot, has evolved from a disaster-relief Foundation to an organization guided by the principles of Listen Learn Care. The Foundation is committed to making a difference with children, families and communities throughout the world.

Our vision is to empower people to make a difference in the classroom, conference room, and community.
Our mission is summarized by our tagline, Listen Learn Care™

Mission

  • Listen to the needs of the community and continually seek out ways to serve children, families, organizations, and society;
  • Learn new approaches to developing innovative, collaborative, and sustainable solutions to pressing social, economic, and environmental issues and concerns;
  • Care by sharing knowledge and expertise, and by creating, supporting, and implementing a wide range of philanthropic programs and initiatives that make a difference in our world.

Priorities

The Difference Maker! Movement’s priorities, which form our Caring Agenda, include:

  1. Equipping children with tools to succeed in school and in life;
  2. Engaging individuals who desire to make a difference in the world through donations, volunteerism, and information sharing;
  3. Enhancing the capabilities of nonprofit organizations by providing the expertise, resources, and collaboration they need to increase their capacity while becoming more efficient and effective;
  4. Partnering with businesses of all sizes to develop and implement philanthropic programs that engage their employees and deliver measurable results; and
  5. Helping communities prepare for disasters, and recover and rebuild afterwards.
We are unwavering in our commitment to our values

Values

Integrity

We adhere to moral and ethical principles in all of our decision-making, actions and communication. We seek optimum knowledge to make sound and unimpaired choices. We build trust and confidence through the exercise of integrity.

Accountability

We acknowledge and assume responsibility for our actions, decisions and policies. We accept our obligation to accurately communicate and explain our choices and their resulting outcomes.

Innovation

We aspire to exercise originality, creativity, ingenuity, inspiration, and inventiveness in our thought processes.

Respect

We highly regard and value diversity in perspectives and opinions. We admire everyone who shares our Vision and Mission.

Teamwork

With a sense of unity and enthusiasm for our shared interests, we greatly appreciate everyone who participates in our journey and contributes to the well being of all by being a Difference Maker!

History

Disaster Relief

In 1994, the Foundation, then known as the Office Depot Disaster Relief Foundation, was created in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Andrew, as the Office Depot’s South Florida associates and surrounding communities struggled to get their lives and businesses back to normal. Thereafter, between 1994 and 2006, the Foundation continued to assist many other Office Depot associates throughout the country similarly impacted by natural disasters.

Entering an exciting era

In 2006, it was decided that the then Office Depot community relations functions would roll into the Foundation, and it was renamed the Office Depot Foundation to reflect its expanded mission.

At this time, the Foundation adopted a set of strategic priorities to guide its work and demonstrate Office Depot’s commitment to local communities around the world. These priorities were known as the “5 X 5 Program” because it encompassed five key ways for the Foundation to carry out its mission – “Listen Learn Care” – for the next five years.

Volunteering

The Foundation’s priorities focused on helping children succeed in school; enabling nonprofit organizations to become more efficient and effective; assisting people and businesses in preparing for disasters and recovering and rebuilding afterwards; strengthening local communities through grants, product donations and volunteerism; and encouraging community development through entrepreneurship and economic innovation.

Volunteering

During these five years, 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. Having achieved its objectives through the 5 X 5 Program, the Foundation developed a new set of strategic priorities to guide it for the next five years – The Caring Agenda. 

Introducing “The Difference Maker! Movement”

In 2017, the Foundation is initiating a very important new program − the Difference Maker! Movement. This program is designed to assist individuals and nonprofit and for-profit businesses to meaningfully contribute to the well-being of our community. The creation of the Difference Maker! Movement is in keeping with the evolution of the impactful, important, and award-winning programs developed by the Foundation over the last 10 years.

Making a Difference

  • The Office Depot Foundation is remarkable as a nonprofit in that it serves children, individuals, charitable organizations, and businesses with the common objective of maximizing their potential to be difference makers.
  • While there are numerous nonprofits that benefit children, help individuals support causes they are most passionate about, provide capacity building and resources to charitable organizations, and assist businesses with their philanthropic activities, the Office Depot Foundation is unusual in that it does all four.
  • The Office Depot Foundation’s comprehensive platform offers potential donors the opportunity to accomplish multiple goals through a single nonprofit.
  • The Office Depot Foundation adheres to the principles of its mission of – Listen Learn Care – in all of its programs and interactions with children, individuals, nonprofit and for-profit businesses. The common threads are that the Foundation assesses needs, researches solutions, and collaborates with partners rather than simply providing short-term aid.
  • The Foundation has the expertise needed to “teach organizations how to fish” (rather than just “giving them a fish”) and the hands-on experience required to successfully fish with them.

The Team

Mary Wong, President, Office Depot Foundation

Mary Wong was named President of the Office Depot Foundation in 2006 after serving as Director of Community Relations for Office Depot since 2000. She serves on the boards of the United Nations Women’s Committee and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center, where she co-chairs the Business Disaster Assistance and Recovery Program. She is a former member of the White House Disaster Assistance Recovery and Volunteerism Committee and served on the board of directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of America and Feed the Children.

In 2015, Mary was recognized as Food For The Poor’s Ambassador for the Poor and was honored at a special Back to School Breakfast by the American Association for Caregiving Youth. In December of 2015, she was named Entrepreneur of the Year by South Palm Beach SCORE, and in February 2016, she received the Emerald Award for Global Citizenship from the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida. Mary was also named the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s 2012 Champion for Drug-Free Kids and was one of America’s Top 20 Women in Philanthropy and Social Innovation, conferred by Michael Chatman, host of #whyigive on Twitter.

An avid gardener and lover of creatures and crafts of all kinds, Mary is always buzzing with ideas to make a difference. She is a dedicated supporter of animal rescue organizations and a devoted dog owner.

In total, Mary has been with Office Depot more than 22 years, serving first as a store manager in Minnesota and then as a district manager in Chicago.

Dawn Reese, Senior Manager, Office Depot Foundation

Dawn Reese has spent her entire career with Office Depot, having joined the Company as a data entry clerk in 1990. She rose through the ranks in the retail stores operation, including positions as store coordinator, visual merchandising coordinator and manager of store development.  An active volunteer on behalf of the Office Depot Foundation for many years, Dawn joined the Foundation team as senior manager in 2014.  She currently oversees brand strategy and serves as project manager for a number of signature programs. Outside of Office Depot, Dawn has been a volunteer with Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue and Boca Helping Hands. She is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Boca.

Lynn Trauman, Assistant, Office Depot Foundation

​Lynn Trauman has been with the Office Depot Foundation for more than seven years. In her current role, she has a wide range of responsibilities, including administrative management, project management, and program support.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Lynn spent six years handling tuition reimbursement and service awards in Office Depot’s benefits department. Before Office Depot, Lynn worked for the South Florida region of AT&T Wireless for 15 years.

Outside of the office, Lynn loves to travel, spend time with her friends, and play with her two dogs.

Board of Directors

Richard Crespin
Richard Crespin*
CEO, CollaborateUp
Rob Koch
Rob Koch*
Office Depot
Senior Vice President, Real Estate
Dr. Bernadette Russell
Dr. Bernadette Russell*
Palm Beach State College
Provost Boca Raton Campus
Kathy Schroeder
Kathy Schroeder*
Office Depot Foundation Secretary
Office Depot
Senior Director, Global Risk Management
Mary Wong
Mary Wong*
Office Depot Foundation President
Kevin Burch
Kevin Burch
Office Depot
Director, IT B2B Contract Systems
Christine Buscarino
Christine Buscarino
Adrianna Papell, LLC
SVP, Ecommerce and Marketing
Erin Carlstrom
Erin Carlstrom
Feed The Children
Director of Education Programs
Darlene Quashie Henry
Darlene Quashie Henry
Attorney
Mindy Kramer
Mindy Kramer
Comcast
Vice President, Public Relations
Richard Leland
Richard Leland
Office Depot Foundation Treasurer
Office Depot
Vice President, Treasury & Investor Relations
Andrew Parry
Andrew Parry*
Office Depot Foundation Vice Chair
Office Depot
Vice President, IT Application Development
Randy Pianin
Randy Pianin*
Office Depot Foundation Chair
JAE Restaurant Group
CFO
Bridget Weston Pollack
Bridget Weston Pollack
SCORE
Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations
Henry Sauls
Henry Sauls
Office Depot
Director, New Business Development Services
Bradley Seigfreid
Bradley Seigfreid
Office Depot
PM Strategic Initiatives