The Los Angeles Urban League and the Harlem-based Abyssinian Development Corp. announced this year that for a three-year period, Starbucks will donate a minimum of $100,000 out of the profits from two of its stores to each of the nonprofit groups for use to help bolster programs in the communities the organizations serve.

In Los Angeles, the bustling Starbucks at Crenshaw Boulevard and Coliseum Street will serve as the focal point, and a location at 125th Street and Lenox Avenue in New York will support Abyssinian.

“Starbucks is partnering with two organizations doing heroic work to address the economic, social and education challenges in their communities,” said Howard Schultz, president, chairman and CEO, Starbucks Coffee Co. “These two partnerships are intended to help us learn how our company can successfully join with change-making community organizations in a localized, coordinated and replicable way.”

“Starbucks is taking the lead in very tough economic times. They fully recognize and appreciate the need for collaboration between forward-thinking organizations from the for-profit and nonprofit sectors,” said Blair H. Taylor, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League.

He further stated that Schultz and his company recognize the vital role Starbuck can play in rebuilding communities. Taylor also mentioned that the newly formed partnership will be replicated across the nation with other non-profits and community organizations.

The program began in October, and according to Urban League spokesperson Chris Strudwick-Turner, the funding will allow the non-profit to do some things it has not been able to do in this shaky economic climate.

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