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

Corporate Responsibility


More than 140,000 Kohl’s Associates are committed to service—whether it’s in one of more than 1,100 stores nationwide, at corporate headquarters or in the community—our team is committed to making a difference.

Through our Kohl's Volunteer Program, Kohl’s Associates donate their personal time to make a difference in their local communities by volunteering with eligible nonprofit organizations. With every qualifying event, volunteer efforts are rewarded with a $500 grant from Kohl’s to the benefitting organization. Since the programs inception in 2001, Kohl's, through the volunteer program, has donated more than $137 million in corporate grants to eligible nonprofit organizations across the country.   

In 2016 alone,

  • Nearly 30,000 community events organized nationwide
  • 100 percent of our locations participated in the Kohl's Volunteer Program
  • Our Associates contributed nearly 500,000 volunteer hours
  • Approximately $24 million in corporate grants were disbursed to more than 9,000 nonprofit organizations throughout the country

Need volunteers? Review the criteria below and visit Kohl’s Grant Management System to register your organization. See below for step-by-step instructions on how to register.

Can Kohl’s Support My Volunteer Event?

  • A minimum of five Kohl’s Associates from one Kohl’s location must volunteer for a minimum of three consecutive hours in one day.
  • The activity must benefit an eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 
  • Funds must be used to directly support the organization’s charitable purpose and the community at large. 

As the Kohl’s Volunteer Program is completed on Associates personal time, all volunteer requests may not be able to be fulfilled. 

Does my organization Qualify?

Organizations -  Eligible:

To be eligible for the Kohl’s Volunteer Program, organizations must be a public charity that has a current non-revoked tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Organizations - Not Eligible:

The following causes are not eligible for the Kohl’s Volunteer Program:

  • Organizations that engage in political activities.
  • Organizations that discriminate based on race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age or have exclusionary practices are also not eligible to receive a grant. 

Request Volunteers

To request volunteers and manage details of your event, eligible organizations should register through Kohl’s Grant Management System

To register, the nonprofit contact will need the organization’s Employer Identification Number (EIN) as established by the IRS.

  1. Visit and click the Register: Nonprofits link in the middle of the page.
  2. Click the Search button provided within Step 1. This will open a search window.
  3. Search for your organization using the Employer Identification Number (EIN) in the EIN field and leaving all other fields blank.
    • If you are unable to find your organization in this search window, click on the Close button provided at the bottom of the window and proceed with Step 2.
    • Clicking on the Continue Search button will open another search window. Although it appears similar to the previous search window and functions in the same manner, this search will run against a secondary database. Enter only your EIN in the EIN # field leaving all other fields blank and click Search.
    • If no results are found, please confirm your organization meets the eligiblity requirements.
  4. Select your organization by clicking on the Organization Name. The majority of the fields are prepopulated with data pulled directly from the IRS, but a few fields can be modified. Proceed with making corrections to the payment address information for the organization if needed.
  5. Complete the Contact Registration information to create your nonprofit user account to access the system.
    • Provide a valid email address, which will be your username when you log in.
    • An automatically generated password and other notifications will be sent to this email.
  6. Once you have completed the required fields, click Submit.
  7. After you have successfully completed the registration process, you will be directed to a confirmation screen. It can take up to 30 minutes to receive your login information depending on your email server. Once you have received your email, you can log in to the Grant Management System site to create, submit and manage your events.

Do You Have A Question About the Kohl’s Volunteer Program?

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