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Office Depot Partners with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to Create a Braver, Kinder School Year

Office Depot to Donate At Least $1 Million to Support Born This Way Foundation

BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 11, 2012-- Office Depot (NYSE: ODP) is proud to announce a partnership with Born This Way Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, that is dedicated to empowering youth and inspiring bravery.

The partnership, kicking off during the back-to-school season, will provide students, parents, and teachers with insights and limited-edition products that support Born This Way Foundation’s mission of helping to encourage today’s youth to grow up feeling confident about their individuality.

“What I want to do is strike your nerve over and over again to get you talking so that you can be a part of this message that will change everything,” said Lady Gaga while speaking at the Born This Way Foundation launch event held at Harvard University.

To help spread this message, Office Depot and Born This Way Foundation have created several special, limited-edition products for back-to-school this year.

Custom products include empowerment gift cards (with a face value of $20), with one of six messages on the front: “Be Brave,” “Be Amazing,” “Be Yourself,” “Be Kind,” “Be Accepting,” and “Be Involved.” Parents, students, and teachers can use the $20 gift card to purchase incredible back-to-school essentials at Office Depot, and afterwards can proudly clip their cards to their backpack or belt loop showing their support of the movement.

Also available will be limited-edition “Kindness Sticks” Post-It® Notes, limited-edition Sharpie® pens, and unique “Bravery Bracelets,” each of which feature Born This Way Foundation’s logo, as well as the same six messages of empowerment as the gift cards.

All products are available exclusively at Office Depot, both in retail stores and online at and Office Depot will donate 25 percent of the sales of these limited edition products directly to Born This Way Foundation, with a guaranteed donation of $1 million this year.

“Office Depot is a place that brings together students as well as their families and teachers, who play such an important role in inspiring and supporting today’s youth,” said Cynthia Germanotta, President and Co-Founder of Born This Way Foundation.

“With Office Depot’s support, we will empower millions of young people this back-to-school season, letting them know that it’s okay to be yourself.”

Office Depot has also created unique experiences on its Facebook page to encourage students to express their individuality and reach out and connect with each other.

“Born This Way Foundation is an inspirational organization that has the power to make a difference in the lives of today’s youth and we are honored to join this movement and help raise awareness for such an important cause,” said Bob Moore, Chief Marketing Officer for Office Depot. “We feel the six empowerment phrases will help start a much needed conversation among our students of `What will you be this school year?”'To which we look forward to hearing millions of students around the country answering: `Kind,' `Brave,' `Accepting,' `Involved,' `Amazing' - and most of all, for them to feel encouraged to `Be Yourself.'"

About Office Depot

Office Depot provides office supplies and services through 1,678 worldwide retail stores, a dedicated sales force, top-rated catalogs, and global e-commerce operations. Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $11.5 billion, employs about 39,000 associates, and serves customers in 60 countries around the world.

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About Born This Way Foundation

Founded by Grammy-award winning artist and cultural icon, Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, the Born This Way Foundation fosters a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. The Foundation is dedicated to creating a safe community that helps connect young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a braver, kinder world. Born This Way Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization, addresses issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development through research, education and advocacy. Please visit and join the youth-powered movement to build a braver, kinder world.

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