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  • Northside West

PayPal donates big to Irish charities

Wednesday, 13th January, 2016 7:59am

Story by Jack Gleeson
PayPal donates big to Irish charities

Pictured at the PayPal grant ceremony are (l-r): Caroline Curran (Events Manager, PayPal), Dan Schulman (President and CEO, PayPal), Anne Dermody (Partner Development Executive, Young Social Innovators), Louise Phelan (Vice President of Global Operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa, PayPal) and

PayPal donates big to Irish charities

Pictured at the PayPal grant ceremony are (l-r): Caroline Curran (Events Manager, PayPal), Dan Schulman (President and CEO, PayPal), Anne Dermody (Partner Development Executive, Young Social Innovators), Louise Phelan (Vice President of Global Operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa, PayPal) and

DUBLIN 15 tech giant PayPal has donated more than €25,000 in funding to five Irish charities nominated by its employees from its Blanchardstown and Dundalk offices.

It’s all part of an initiative called PayPal Gives, the company’s corporate advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which supports and recognises PayPal employees who participate in charitable giving, volunteering and fundraising opportunities.

And thanks to the charitable efforts of staff, Age Action Ireland, Arc Cancer, Barretstown, Foróige and Young Social Innovators will each receive approximately €5,500 to support local projects. 

Currently, 35 PayPal staff volunteer for Age Action Ireland, teaching computer skills to older people in Dundalk IT and Blanchardstown Library.

The donation will help Age Action fund a computer course outreach programme for senior citizens who are immobile.

PayPal also awarded its ‘financial inclusion’ grant to Young Social Innovators, who will partner with PayPal to provide entrepreneurial initiatives to transition year students in Dundalk and Dublin 15.

The funding represents another generous year for the PayPal Ireland GIVE Team. Through the initiative, PayPal continuously engages with, and supports, the Irish communities in which it operates.

In the past 12 months, the company has donated €120,000 to charities in Ireland.

PayPal has 27 GIVE Teams globally that are distributing approximately $700,000 in grants this year. The GIVE Team grants in Ireland were presented to the chosen charities by Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal, and Louise Phelan, PayPal’s Vice President of Global Operations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

“At PayPal, we firmly believe in making the world a better place and are constantly focused on helping charities and communities across the globe,” Schulman said.

“I’m very proud to witness first-hand the great work being carried out in Ireland by PayPal, and it’s been a real privilege to meet each of the wonderful charities.

“I hope that our support can help to make a real and lasting difference for each of these organisations.”

Phelan said PayPal was always looking for ways to contribute to local communities and she believes the latest donations reflect that.

“These charities were chosen because they’re dear to our employees’ hearts,” she added.

“There’s a terrific spirit of generosity in PayPal and it’s thanks to our teammates that we can continue to support such worthy causes. All of our chosen charities do amazing work and we’re delighted to be able to make a positive impact.”

Rachel Collier, CEO, Young Social Innovators, which received a PayPal Gives grant said: “We are delighted to receive this support which will offer increased opportunities to young people in the local communities in which PayPal are based.

“Engaging young people in social innovation not only benefits communities but it builds 21st century skills bridging a gap between education and work, which is to the benefit of everyone.”

 

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