Kohl’s donating $500,000 to Milwaukee area nonprofits

Grants will support health, arts, conservation and education initiatives

Kohl's headquarters
The Kohl's Corp. headquarters in Menomonee Falls.

Menomonee Falls-based Kohl’s Corp. announced it will donate $500,000 in grants to 22 local nonprofit organizations through the company’s Hometown Giving Program.

The funding, which is generated by the Kohl’s Cares philanthropic program, will support Milwaukee-area programs focused on health and wellness, arts and culture, conservation, education and social services.

Grants will range from $2,500 to $50,000. The full list of recipients include:

  • City on a Hill
  • Ex Fabula
  • GPS Education Partners
  • HOPE Network
  • Just One More Ministry
  • Lutheran Counseling & Family Services of Wisconsin
  • Make-A-Wish Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
  • Milwaukee Christian Center
  • Milwaukee Rescue Mission
  • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • Milwaukee Urban League
  • Neighborhood House of Milwaukee
  • Northwest Side Community Development Corporation
  • Outreach Community Health Centers
  • Pathfinders
  • Progressive Community Health Centers
  • Running Rebels Community Organization
  • SHARP Literacy
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society of Milwaukee
  • TRUE Skool
  • United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Some uses of the funding will include: in-school counseling through Lutheran Counseling & Family Services of Wisconsin; the expansion of the Homework Diner Model by United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, which provides students and families with free, healthy meals and homework help; SHARP Literacy’s Pop-Up Learning Lab, which teaches fifth grade students how to code; and violence prevention services at the Neighborhood House of Milwaukee.

It is the second year that the Menomonee Falls-based retailer has distributed grants to local organizations through the philanthropic program.

“Kohl’s is deeply connected to the Milwaukee community and has a long history of supporting organizations making a positive difference,” said Jen Johnson, Kohl’s senior vice president of communications. “The Kohl’s Hometown Giving Program is an extension of our commitment to this community and a way to recognize even more amazing nonprofits throughout the Milwaukee area that improve or enrich the lives of families across the region. We are inspired by the incredible work these nonprofit organizations are doing, and are proud to support their efforts.”

The company’s Kohl’s Cares program sells children’s books and toys and donates 100 percent of the net profit to charitable initiatives nationwide.

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Lauren Anderson
Lauren Anderson covers health care, nonprofits, education and insurance for BizTimes. Lauren previously reported on education for the Waukesha Freeman. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied journalism, history and African studies. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with family and friends and seeing live music wherever she can.