Ross invests in regions where we have a strong business presence to contribute to nonprofit organizations that serve the communities that we and our Associates call home.
Regional Giving Program
Our Regional Giving Program is one important way that Ross fulfills its philanthropic mission to help prepare today’s youth for a bright tomorrow. Through the Regional Giving Program, we invest in grants to nonprofits, schools, and government programs in communities where Ross and our Associates have a large presence.
In 2020 we redesigned the Regional Giving Program to provide grants of $10,000, $20,000, or $30,000. This program allows us to have a deeper and more meaningful impact on organizations making strides to build academic achievement and life skills in the young people who need them most. In 2020 we supported 22 different charitable organizations through two Regional Giving Program grant cycles.
Please go to our Regional Giving Guidelines for more information.
In addition to our Regional Giving Program, Ross proudly supports several other local charities and initiatives where we work and live.
Key Buying Offices are located in New York and Los Angeles. These offices support numerous fashion- and community-related charities. In addition, our Buying Offices provide internships and scholarships to students interested in retail careers as part of the Fashion Scholarship Fund. To support our communities, our Associates are active in donating clothing, home goods, and toys to support local families through our partnerships with organizations like Good+ Foundation in both New York and Los Angeles.
Ross proudly supports several initiatives near our Corporate Headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area that share our mission to create brighter futures for our youth. For example, Ross sponsors the Golden State Warriors’ “Read to Achieve” program and the Oakland Athletics’ “Home Run Readers” program—both of which highlight the importance of reading, imagination, and academic achievement to Bay Area youth.
Ross Stores’ Distribution Centers are located in Southern and Central California, Central Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. Nonprofit organizations that serve a community near our Distribution Centers may be eligible to apply for a donation through our Regional Giving Program. Additionally, our Distribution Centers seek out opportunities to donate products to local organizations. In 2020 this included sizable donations of hand sanitizer and personal protective equipment, which were in high demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, we donated more than half a million bottles of hand sanitizer to Boys & Girls Clubs across the country.
Store-Based Giving Program
The Ross Store-Based Giving Program provides support—primarily in the form of gift cards—to federal tax exempt 501(c)(3) organizations, schools, and government programs serving a community within 25 miles of a Ross Dress for Less or dd’s DISCOUNTS Store.
In 2020 Ross donated to nearly 1,000 different local community nonprofits through the Store-Based Giving Program.
Go to our Store-Based Giving Guidelines to learn more about our program and eligibility requirements.