Q: How do I know if my organization qualifies for the Associates in Action program?
A: Kohl’s Associates in Action program supports youth-serving, ages birth to 18 years, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations (or Wisconsin-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that focus on breast cancer).
Q: How do I know if my organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit?
A: Although an organization may be considered tax-exempt or a nonprofit, it may not have a charitable 501(c)(3) status as defined by the IRS. If your organization has a 501(c)(3) status, you will have a Letter of Determination for the IRS confirming this status.
Q: My organization’s 501(c)(3) status is pending or revoked. Do I qualify for the Associates in Action program?
A: No. Kohl’s only supports organizations with a current 501(c)(3) status.
Q: Who should submit and manage the request for volunteers in the Grant Management System?
A: An authorized representative from the qualifying organization must submit and manage the request for volunteers. The authorized representative must be able to accept funds on behalf of the organization should it qualify for a grant.
Q: What if my organization requires a background check to volunteer?
A: As the Associates in Action program is volunteer-based, it is at the Associates’ discretion whether to submit to a background check. Please know that if Associates do not consent, the nonprofit may not reach the minimum number of Associate volunteers to qualify for a grant.
Q: What are the qualifications to receive an Associates in Action $500 grant?
- 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 a qualifying youth-serving, ages birth to 18 years, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (or Wisconsin-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that focuses on breast cancer)
- Funds must be used to directly support youth, ages birth to 18 years, community-wide
Q: If I get more than five Associates to volunteer at my event, can I earn additional grants?
A: No. Whether there are five or 105 Associates volunteering from one Kohl’s location, the grant amount remains $500. Additional grants are only awarded if multiple locations participate at the event and meet criteria.
Q: What if five Associates don't show up, assuming all other criteria is met? Can I still get the grant?
A: No. There must be a minimum of five Associates from one Kohl’s location volunteering for three consecutive hours in one day.
Please reach out to your Kohl’s location prior to the event to confirm volunteer participation.
Q: If I cancel the event, does my organization still qualify for the Associates in Action grant even if the event didn’t take place?
A: No. If the event did not take place, the organization will not be eligible for an Associates in Action grant. If the event is not being rescheduled, it should be canceled in the Grant Management System. Nonprofits should work with the event captain at the Kohl's location to cancel the event in the system.
Q: Once the grant application is submitted, how long does it take to process a qualifying grant check?
A: Processing time is dependent upon grant volume, and it can take up to 12 weeks to process a qualifying grant check.
Q: Can I use Kohl’s name and/or logo to promote my event?
A: No. While we appreciate your organization wanting to recognize Kohl’s, as part of our company policy, use of Kohl's, Kohl's Cares® and Associates in Action names and/or logos are not permitted. In lieu of using Kohl’s names and/or logos to promote your event, please allow our Associates to wear their Associates in Action t-shirts at the event. In addition, we encourage your organization to submit photos and stories of your event through the Grant Management System.
Q: Can I provide gifts to volunteers?
A: No. While we appreciate your organization’s consideration, we are unable to accept any gifts as a result of our volunteer efforts.