Rewarding Volunteer Service—Kohl’s Associates Give Back through the Kohl's Volunteer Program

Corporate Responsibility


We are committed to making a difference in the health and wellness of our local community. 

Through our Kohl's Volunteer Program, we donate our personal time to make a difference in local communities by volunteering with eligible nonprofit organizations. In support of our volunteerism, the nonprofit will receive a $500 volunteer reward for every five associates that volunteer for three hours each per event. 

Since the program’s inception in 2001, we have donated more than $166 million in rewards to eligible nonprofit organizations across the country through Kohl’s Volunteer Program. 

In 2018 alone, we: 

  • Organized nearly 15,000 community events nationwide
  • Contributed more than 300,000 volunteer hours
  • Disbursed nearly $11 million in rewards to more than 4,500 nonprofit organizations throughout the country

Kohl's Volunteer Program Brochure

For a convenient guide to Kohl’s Volunteer Program, download our full brochure here

Nonprofit Eligibility

The nonprofit eligibility criteria for Kohl’s Volunteer Program participation is below. The complete Volunteer Guidelines for Nonprofits are available here


  • Nonprofit public charity that has a current tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Not Eligible

  • Organizations that engage in political activities

  • Organizations that discriminate based on race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age or have exclusionary practices

  • Organizations for which its tax-exempt status has been revoked by the Internal Revenue Service

  • Organizations that intend to use Kohl’s donation for a purpose other than its charitable purpose

Please note, if your nonprofit does not have 501(c)(3) status, it may have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm. See the FAQ page for additional detail. 

Registering Your Nonprofit

In order to participate in the Kohl’s Volunteer Program, eligible nonprofits must register through the Benevity Causes Portal. Click here for instructions on how to register your nonprofit.

Creating Volunteer Events

Event creation is the first step to having a successful event.  It is important to fill out each section of an event properly. Click here for information on how to create a volunteer event for Kohl's associates. 

When creating a volunteer opportunity in the Benevity Causes Portal, the nonprofit will see the option to make the event private or public. Choose “private” and enter the share key kohls-cause to submit volunteer opportunities for Kohl’s associates.

Partner with your local Kohl’s location(s) for questions regarding upcoming volunteer events or to recruit volunteers.  

We cannot guarantee availability of Kohl's volunteers for each event(s).