PayPal Awards Community Impact Grants to Breaking Barriers, Fresh Start and London Wildlife Trust 

Amanda and Liene Miezite, Dundalk, Ireland
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.

PayPal employees in the UK awarded three local nonprofits each with $20,000 in grants:

  • Breaking Barriers - helps refugees to build a new life
  • Fresh Start - an Edinburgh-based charity that helps people who have been homeless get established in their new homes.
  • London Wildlife Trust – aims to protect, restore and create places for nature and wildlife

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.

“This grant will help us expand the reach of our employment and education programmes to work with over 1,500 clients in total this year. By the end of the year, we will be working across London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow,” said Matt Powell, CEO, Breaking Barriers. “Your funding will support our 2030 goals, advancing our support to 4,000 refugees per year across the UK.” 

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.

Since 2020, PayPal employees have contributed nearly 300,000 volunteer hours, benefiting a wide range of organizations around the world. 

For more information on PayPal’s Community Impact Program, please visit PayPal About Us.

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