Our Focus on Supporting Our Communities
Nordstrom has been a strong supporter of the United Way for almost six decades. In addition to donations and volunteerism on behalf of our employees, our corporate gift to United Way is the single largest contribution we make to one organization or group of organizations.
Our United Way History
Six decades of caring
Our relationship with the United Way began more than 60 years ago, when Nordstrom was a small business with just a few shoe stores and the United Way was known as "Community Chest" in Washington State's King County. We became involved with the organization because we believed it offered our employees the best opportunity to give their hard-earned dollars and know that, as a team, they could make a difference.
Today we continue to support the United Way because we believe it impacts our communities in ways no single agency, individual, or government program can. Dollar for dollar, the United Way does one of the best jobs of making sure our contributions are used to maximum benefit. It has evolved into an organization focused on solving complex social problems by directing resources to individual communities and nonprofits demonstrating the most significant needs.
In 2012, Nordstrom and its employees pledged more than $9.33 million to local United Way campaigns across the country.
Day of Caring
Employees lend a hand
Company-wide, our stores and headquarter employees also participate in the United Way's Day of Caring, a day dedicated to local service activities designed to help community organizations in need.
Current Stories:Read more about some of our efforts.
United Way Gifts Go Far
In 2010, 74 percent of Nordstrom employees made a gift to United Way. Get a glimpse of our United Way gifts at work.Read More