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National Community Partners

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Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA)

For more than a decade, Ross and Boys & Girls Clubs of America have worked together to help children achieve academic success, build confidence, and lead healthy lives.

Ross believes in BGCA’s mission to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

We have “adopted” more than 38 local BGCA regional or citywide organizations, which include more than 100 local Clubhouses nationwide. In the adopted Clubs, the Ross Stores Foundation offers an annual grant and scholarship program for high-achieving college-bound high school seniors. Ross is also a national sponsor of BGCA’s Power Hour, an after-school homework-help program.

During Power Hour, Club members receive support in completing their homework to improve their academic performance and develop a sense of personal responsibility. Our Foundation and Company—together with our generous Customers and Associates—have contributed more than $30 million to BGCA throughout the life of our partnership.

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First Book

Reading is one of the strongest predictors of a child’s future success—in school and in life. Yet millions of kids across the country lack access to books.

To address this need, dd’s DISCOUNTS partners with First Book, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing new books to children in need. In partnership with First Book, dd’s DISCOUNTS’ Customers and Associates help turn local kids into readers, learners, and leaders by equipping them with new, high-quality books. Since 2009 together we have donated more than 1.7 million new books to kids in need.

In-Store Fundraising and Customer Donations

Ross is grateful for the hard work of our Associates and the generosity of our Customers, which have helped fuel tremendous support for our national community partners over the years.

Ross “Help Local Kids Learn” Fundraiser for BGCA

Every year, Associates at all of our Ross Dress for Less Stores across the United States lead a fundraiser to benefit BGCA. During the fundraiser and throughout the year, we work to establish strong connections between our Stores and the local Clubs.

The 2020 “Help Local Kids Learn” fundraiser was held in February, before COVID-19 lockdowns began. The campaign exceeded our goal, raising more than $4 million for BGCA’s Power Hour and local Clubs, thanks to the incredible support of our Customers.

dd’s DISCOUNTS “Youth Literacy Fundraiser” for First Book

dd’s DISCOUNTS runs an annual back-to-school fundraiser with First Book. When checking out at the register, our Customers are invited to make a donation that goes directly to local educational programs. The local programs then choose the right books for their students, based on age, language, and need. Every Customer donation at a dd’s DISCOUNTS Store means First Book can deliver more great books to children.

In 2020, given uncertainty, shutdowns, and school closures, dd’s DISCOUNTS pivoted from the annual in-Store fundraiser and instead gave grants for new books to local schools and organizations partnered with First Book. Through this initiative, more than 48,000 books were distributed to communities that dd’s DISCOUNTS serves nationwide.

“I would like to THANK our friends at dd’s DISCOUNTS and the Ross Stores Foundation for making this amazing opportunity possible for our students. Thanks to your support we are able to provide our students with new books they can take home, enjoy, learn from, and share with their siblings.”

— Spokesperson for El Toyon Elementary School, National City, California

Coin Shortage Donation Collection

In July 2020, as economic activity slowed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our country experienced a coin shortage due to a drop in cash circulation.

Many businesses, including Ross Dress for Less and dd’s DISCOUNTS Stores, were unable to order coins as they normally would. When faced with this challenge, the Stores stepped up to execute a creative solution that also benefitted our national community partners. If our cashiers could not provide exact change or have the Customer use an alternative form of payment, Customers were invited to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to BGCA or First Book. Once again our Customers stepped up and raised a sizable, unexpected gift of more than $370,000 combined for BGCA and First Book.

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Grand Openings

As our Company grows, so do our partnerships with BGCA and First Book.

Whenever we open a new Ross Dress for Less or dd’s DISCOUNTS store, we make a donation to a local Boys & Girls Club or First Book literacy partner. In 2020, we donated to more than 65 local partners near our newest stores.

For example, when a new Ross Dress for Less Store opened in Marinette, WI, we donated to Park Elementary School, allowing the school to purchase new books for its book vending machine. Read what the school posted on its social media platforms.

“Check out all of these amazing brand-new books for our book vending machine! They were donated and sponsored by the new Ross Store in Marinette! So many wonderful titles featuring so many different genres. We are so grateful to the Ross Store for their generous donation and their partnership with First Book to provide these to our students! What an amazing partner for our school!”