Rewarding Volunteer Service—Kohl’s Associates Give Back through Associates in Action Volunteer Program

Corporate Responsibility

Overview

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 Associates in Action volunteer program, Kohl’s Associates donate their personal time to make a difference in their local communities by volunteering with youth-serving, nonprofit organizations. With every qualifying event, volunteer efforts are rewarded with a $500 grant from Kohl’s to the benefitting organization. Since 2001, more than 1 million Kohl’s Associate volunteers have: 

  • participated in approximately 200,000 volunteer events
  • earned nearly $100 million in grants
  • given 3.2 million volunteer hours and counting

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 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 (or breast cancer initiatives for women in the greater Wisconsin community)

Request Volunteers

To request volunteers and manage details of your event, please register through Kohl’s Grant Management System. For the best results, use current versions of Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Click below for instructions.

To register, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization contact will need the organization’s Employer Identification Number (EIN) as established by the IRS.

  1. Visit http://gms.kohls.com and click the Register: Nonprofits link in the middle of the page.
  2. You will be presented with two steps.
  3. Click the Search button provided within Step 1. This will open a search window.
  4. 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 is a current 501(c)(3) nonprofit as defined by the IRS. If your organization is a current 501(c)(3) nonprofit, please provide a valid copy of your organization's Letter of Determination or I-990 form by emailing it to AssociatesinAction@kohls.com and Kohl's will assist you further. Note: Only valid 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) are eligible for the program.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
    • To ensure emails are received, add AssociatesinAction@kohls.com to your list of approved senders.
  7. All required fields on the registration page are marked with an asterisk (*). Once you have completed the fields, click Submit.
  8. 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.

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