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

Corporate Responsibility


To meet the current needs of the communities where we live and work, Kohl’s will launch a temporary hourly volunteer program for events from Sunday, August 2, 2020 through Saturday, January 30, 2021. While the team-based program remains suspended, this temporary program provides associates safe and flexible ways to volunteer individually or in a small group.  For every volunteer hour tracked by each associate, Kohl’s will make a donation to the benefitting 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. See below for more details.

Temporary Hourly Volunteer Program Highlights

  • Timing

    • The temporary hourly volunteer program applies to events taking place from Sunday, August 2, 2020 - Saturday, January 30, 2021.

  • Reward Structure

    • For every volunteer hour tracked by each associate, Kohl’s will donate $20 to the benefitting nonprofit organization.

    • The minimum time commitment to be eligible for a volunteer reward has been lowered to one hour; instead of a three hour commitment.

    • The minimum number of Kohl’s volunteers needed to be eligible for a volunteer reward has been lowered to one associate; instead of five volunteers.

Nonprofit Organization Criteria

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

Eligible Nonprofits

  • Nonprofit public charity that has a current tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is registered in
    the Benevity Causes Portal.

  • Nonprofit has six months following the reward disbursement date to claim volunteer rewards.

  • Nonprofits must contact volunteers prior to events regarding nonprofit-specific safety protocols.

  • If there is exposure to COVID-19 at a facility, the nonprofit is responsible for immediately informing the Kohl’s associates who have recently volunteered.

Ineligible Nonprofits

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  • Organizations for which its tax-exempt status has been revoked by the Internal Revenue Service.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

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 to submit volunteer opportunities for Kohl’s associates. The new share key will be distributed upon completion of the Kohl’s certification process.

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

Volunteer Event Criteria

Eligible Volunteer Events

Examples of eligible events can be found within the
Temporary Hourly Volunteer Guidelines

  • Any personal time spent actively volunteering for community-based events.

  • Community awareness activities where volunteers are advocates for helping drive a nonprofit’s mission.

  • Activities directly supporting vital services for the community. 

  • Participation in formal meetings or events where volunteers hold a leadership position. 

  • Virtual volunteering. 

Ineligible Volunteer Events

Examples of ineligible events can be found within the
Temporary Hourly Volunteer Guidelines

  • Activities where volunteers are compensated by a non-Kohl’s organization.

  • Travel and sleep time.

  • Simply attending meetings or events in which the associate is not actively volunteering. 

  • Activities that do not directly benefit an eligible nonprofit organization. 


Reference our frequently asked questions to find an answer.

All Benevity Causes Portal questions should go directly to Benevity by: