The Starbucks Foundation is donating $150,000 toward relief efforts due to the California wildfires. Of that, $50,000 will benefit the American Red Cross. The foundation will also match up to $100,000 in donations made in stores or on the Starbucks app to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
A Starbucks Original Series: A mother rallies neighbors and quells critics to make her city a home for refugees. Mary Poole, a mother with no background in foreign policy, convinced her community to welcome refugees by harnessing hundreds of volunteers and embracing her opponents.
A Starbucks Original Series: Two Navy SEALs help wounded warriors regain strength and confidence through surfing. Navy SEALs Alex West and Kyle Buckett spend their nights and weekends designing specialized surfboards for wounded warriors, helping them find strength and confidence in the waves.
A Starbucks Original Series: A chef bets his career on a restaurant run by former juvenile delinquents. Chad Houser quit his job as the executive chef at a hot Dallas eatery and risked his career to open a restaurant staffed almost exclusively by former juvenile detention inmates.
To mark the release of Season 2 of Upstanders, Starbucks series highlighting ordinary people doing extraordinary things to create positive change, the Starbucks Foundation is launching the “Upstanders Challenge” and awarding more than half a million dollars in grants to charities making a difference in their communities.
Upstanders is a unique collection of short stories and films about ordinary people doing extraordinary things to create positive change in their communities. Produced by Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Upstanders help inspire us to be better citizens.
Our discussion guides and lesson plans, created by our partner Arizona State University, are created for teachers to help students think about the positive change they can make in their communities.
On the eve of the launch of Starbucks Upstanders' second season, we check in on some of the remarkable people we featured last year to find out what’s changed for them – and what's next..