Starbucks Foundation donates £71,000 to refugee charities

Starbucks' charitable arm is making a $110,000 (£71,000) donation to three non-profit organisations in order to help refugees arriving in Europe.

Starbucks: donation to help refugees
Starbucks: donation to help refugees

Save The Children, which is providing urgent relief and long-term aid to refugee children and their families in Western and Central Europe, will receive $75,000.

Aktion Deutschland Hilft, an alliance of aid organisations leading refugee support in Germany, will receive $20,000. Caritas, which focuses on Austria and other European countres, will receive $15,000.

The foundation receives funding from Starbucks and private donors and last year gave out $13.1 million in 144 grants. 

Kris Engskov, president of Starbucks EMEA, wrote in a letter to employees to annouce the donation: "Like many of you, over these last few months I have watched with a very heavy heart as refugees from any number of war-torn countries arrive here in Europe - almost all with no place to go, no family, and very little money or belongings."