Community Giving Near Our Offices and Stores
Ross is committed to giving back to the areas where we have a strong business presence. We have developed several programs and initiatives that aid nonprofits and support local youth.
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 near our Distribution Centers, and Buying and Corporate Offices.
In 2020, we redesigned the Regional Giving Program to provide grants of $10,000, $20,000, or $30,000. Now this program allows us to have a deeper and more meaningful impact on organizations making strides to build academic achievement and life skills for socioeconomically challenged young people. In 2021, we held three Regional Giving Program grant cycles, awarding $700,000 to help support 28 different charitable organizations.
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, we donate to and partner with organizations like Good+Foundation and Educational Alliance. Our Associates contribute by taking part in volunteering opportunities and supporting drives that donate clothing, home goods, toys, books, and other school supplies for local families.
In 2021, one of the highlights was a Storytime Activity and Book Drive with Good+Foundation where Associates recorded themselves reading books to students and also donated books from a wish-list created by Good+Foundation.
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. In 2021, Ross helped to bring to life several Read to Achieve “Reading Rallies” and other special events held virtually and in-person for students in the Bay Area.
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.
Store-Based Giving Program
The Ross Store-Based Giving Program provides small grants 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 2021, we were proud to donate more than $400,000—primarily in the form of gift cards—to more than 1,200 organizations aligned with our philanthropic mission to strengthen academic achievement and life skills in underserved youth.
Go to our Store-Based Giving Guidelines to learn more about our program and eligibility requirements.
“Life for children placed in foster care is filled with many uncertainties and disappointments. Your donation will help us continue to provide a variety of necessities to our foster youth. Thank you for supporting our community, for ensuring that every foster child has the nurturing support and resources needed to thrive.”
– Child Advocates of Silicon Valley (Milpitas, CA)