7 Brands That Donate a Percentage of Profits to Charitable Causes

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You probably have certain places you prefer to shop, but how much do you really know about the brands you support? Wouldn’t it be nice to know what they stand for instead of blindly patronizing big brands? After all, spending your hard-earned money at a company that you know supports charities by making a positive impact can benefit everyone involved. Here are seven brands that are committed to helping others on a global, community or individual level.

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Target

Target is no stranger to charitable giving. It donates millions of pounds of food each year to needy families as part of its partnership with Feeding America. It has also contributed more than $2 million over the past two years to support active military personnel, veterans and their families through programs such as Operation Gratitude and USO. In addition, the company has a partnership with St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and has raised millions of dollars and promoted pioneering research into childhood cancer.

At the local level, Target donates community engagement funds to local programs and organizations that help needy families or meet other critical needs. It also offers non-profit 501(c)(3) accredited schools and government agencies the opportunity to request a Target GiftCard donation.

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costco

If you have a Costco membership, you’ll be pleased to know that the popular warehouse club donates to several 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that support children, education, and health care and human services in the communities where clubs are located. Organizations must apply to receive donations. However, Costco recommends that organizations do not submit proposals that exceed 10% of their total budget.

walmart

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are known for providing more than $1 billion in cash to address some of the most critical environmental, social and economic challenges facing the world. Walmart also gives local community grants ranging from $250-$5,000 to eligible nonprofits.

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Office depot

One of Office Depot’s community initiatives is Start Proud! community investment program, which has recently supplied more than 18,000 brand new backpacks and school supplies, worth more than $1.5 million, to students at more than 25 Title I schools. It also announced a $1.5 million donation to Feeding America to help food banks in communities affected by the pandemic. Office Depot also has an annual Season of Service campaign where employees volunteer at various service organizations. And in 2020, the brand donated more than $100,000 to support boys’ and girls’ clubs nationwide.

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JCPenney

When a brand that makes a difference in young people’s lives brings joy to your heart, now you’ll enjoy shopping at JCPenney even more. In addition to providing funds to The Y, Girls & Boys Clubs of America and After-School All-Stars, the brand also provides homes for wounded veterans and contributes to the Armed Services YMCA, which provides respite care for children with military parents when called. JCPenney also makes more than $1 million in product donations each year to VolunteerNow, which makes the products available to veterans, military personnel, first responders, nonprofits and local school districts.

Macy’s

Macy’s is a champion of donating to charities and charities – too many to list here.

It recently donated $1.78 million to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help make children’s dreams come true. It also supports the UNCG & Black Girls Code to ensure that black children and teens have access to the educational and professional opportunities they deserve. In addition, Macy’s has provided millions of meals to the needy for more than two decades through emergency food aid programs, local food banks, and summer lunch programs.

In 2021, the brand donated more than $2 million to the March of Dimes to support the health of mothers and their babies. And every fall, Macy’s donates one new coat for every coat purchased online, representing 295,000 coats since 2013.

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Whole foods

Since 2005, Whole Foods Market has donated more than $50 million to communities at both the local and global levels through its three foundations. For example, the Whole Planet Foundation donates funds to microfinance institutions that specialize in helping the world’s poorest people in their efforts to buy a home or expand a business. The Whole Kids Foundation gives edible education grants to schools to help change school food choices and also partners with Lettuce Grow to provide more than $500,000 worth of hydroponic systems to schools and nonprofits across the country. Last but not least, the Whole Cities Foundation supports projects such as community gardens, urban farms, SNAP incentives, and farmers’ markets through grants.

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Cynthia Measom is a personal finance writer and editor with over 12 years of collective experience. Her articles have been featured in MSN, Aol, Yahoo Finance, INSIDER, Houston Chronicle, The Seattle Times, and The Network Journal. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

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