Giving Program/Apply for a Grant

Girls on the Run, one of many nonprofits Nordstrom supports.

We believe one of our most important responsibilities is supporting the communities Nordstrom serves, so each year we give millions of dollars to worthy nonprofits in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Our contributions most often take the form of a cash grant, but we are also proud to partner with local and national organizations through specific giving programs and by volunteering our time and resources. We also offer our employees the opportunity to have their personal contributions matched by Nordstrom.

Nordstrom is pleased to donate 1% of all our Gift Card sales, including amounts added to existing Gift Cards, to qualified nonprofit organizations in the communities we serve. Our annual donation is based on Gift Card sales, including those sold at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, and authorized retailers, from February 1 through January 31 of the following year.

These funds are used to support Nordstrom-directed grants (see details below). Additionally, they are used to support the Nordstrom Employee Charitable Match Program, which matches up to $5,000 per employee, per year to qualified nonprofit organizations.

We partner with our customers to give back through various programs and products including: 

  • Treasure&Bond: our brand that gives 2.5% of sales to nonprofits that empower youth. Learn more.
  • M·A·C Viva Glam: supporting HIV/AIDS research, education and programs through the sale of M·A·C Viva Glam Lipstick and Lipglass products 
  • Shoes That Fit: our annual holiday giving program that has provided tens of thousands of pairs of new shoes to kids in need across the country 
  • United Way: a great opportunity for us to partner with our employees to support United Way organizations through donations and volunteerism

The majority of our Nordstrom-directed contributions focus on programs and organizations that care for kids and empower youth. We also support other programs and organizations that we believe have a significant impact on our communities. Learn more about the nonprofits we support.

To be eligible for a Nordstrom-directed cash grant, your organization must:

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

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

  • Auctions, raffles or opportunity drawings
  • Individual primary or secondary schools
  • Unrestricted operating funds 
  • Individual scholarships or funds for individuals
  • Projects of a political nature, including lobbying
  • Pageants or talent competitions
  • Political organizations (candidates or parties, committees or legislation)
  • Religious organizations serving only those with like beliefs
  • Places of worship such as churches, synagogues or temples
  • Special occasion, goodwill or program advertising
  • Loans or investments
  • Professional or amateur team sponsorship (including sports) or fundraising competitions (including athletic fundraising events)
  • Social clubs, including sororities or fraternities
  • Production of films, videotapes, recordings, publications or displays
  • Merchandise promotions
  • Conferences or conventions
  • Organizations with a written policy of discrimination against any person or group based on sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis
As a company, Nordstrom does not allow solicitation in or in front of our doors. We receive many similar requests and it would be an impossible task to decide whom we allow and whom we do not.
An organization that believes they meet our eligibility requirements can submit an online application. 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 or a Canadian Revenue Agency registration number
  • List of officers and directors
  • History of organization
  • Most recent annual report or 990 (must be dated within 1 year from submission)
  • W9 (must be dated within 1 year from submission)
Nordstrom contributions are determined on an annual basis. All requests must be received by midnight on October 1 for the following year. In January, we notify all organizations of the status of their requests.
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 or to the location that supports your area:
Washington, Oregon and Alaska

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

All other states, Puerto Rico and Canada

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

Employees interested in the Charitable Match Program should visit and look for the Employee Charitable Match Program widget for more specific details.