Kohl’s Associates Give Back through the Kohl's Volunteer Program

Corporate Responsibility


Community volunteering is a distinguishing quality of our associates. As an organization, we celebrate associates who donate their time to making a difference. In support of our associates’ volunteerism, each eligible nonprofit organization receives a $500 volunteer reward for every five associates that volunteer three hours at each event. In 2019, our associates volunteered nearly 400,000 hours for more than 5,000 charities. This work has additionally netted more than $180 million in corporate rewards to charities since the program’s founding in 2001.

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  • Organizations for which its tax-exempt status has been revoked by the Internal Revenue Service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