Community Giving

Our Focus on Supporting Our Communities

Community Giving

We believe one of our most important responsibilities is supporting the communities Nordstrom serves. Our support may take the form of a cash contribution, partnering with a local organization, or volunteering our time. We focus on partnering with organizations who champion arts and culture, education, health and community development with diversity also playing a key role.

Contributions Guidelines

Are you eligible?

To be eligible for us to consider your organization for future contributions, your organization must:

  • Qualify for nonprofit status under the Internal Revenue Service code
  • Benefit a local community served by Nordstrom
  • Demonstrate sound and responsible financial policies and management
  • Demonstrate the requested funds will support a project that provides a service not readily available elsewhere

To ensure that community organizations receive the maximum benefit from our support, we prefer to give cash contributions. We do not donate merchandise, gift cards, samples, shopping bags or other supplies. As a rule, we do not make contributions that support:

  • Unrestricted operating funds
  • Individual scholarships
  • Funds for individuals
  • Projects of a political nature
  • Individual primary or secondary schools
  • Pageants or talent competitions
  • Religious organizations for sectarian purposes
  • Special occasion, goodwill or program advertising
  • Table purchases for fundraising events
  • Loans or investments
  • Auctions, raffles or opportunity drawings
  • Team sponsorships or fundraising competitions
  • Production of films, videotapes, recordings, publications or displays
  • Merchandise promotions
  • Conferences or conventions
  • Event underwriting

Application Procedures

An organization that believes they meet our eligibility requirements can submit an online application here:

Please note the following information will be required to complete the application:

  • A concise description of the organization, including purpose and objectives
  • Dollar amount of request
  • Proof of nonprofit status under the Internal Revenue Service code
  • List of officers and directors
  • History of organization
  • Recent annual report

Contributions are determined annually by Nordstrom's Contributions Team. All applications must be received by October 1 for the following year. In January, we notify all organizations of the status of their requests.

Giving Contacts

For more information

Nordstrom's contribution to a nonprofit organization implies no further commitment unless specifically stated at the time of initial funding. We welcome your questions or inquiries—please direct these to Giving@Nordstrom.com or to the location that supports your area:

Washington and Alaska

Anne Nordstrom Gittinger
1617 6th Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98101-1742
206.373.4015

For all other states

Terri Baldwin
1700 7th Avenue, Suite 1000
Seattle, WA 98101-4407
206.303.4400

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