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Donation RequestsJun 17, 2022

A Guide to Costco’s Donation Program for Non-Profits

Learn more about Costco’s in-kind donations, grant programs, and charitable community involvement.

Costco—well-known for their comprehensive offering of wholesale food, furniture, clothes, and home and personal care products—could be a great match for in-kind donations for your next fundraiser. With a variety of philanthropic programs and locations across the country, what can Costco offer your organization?

We did the research for you, to make planning your next event as seamless as possible. See how you can submit a Costco donation request below.

Does Costco provide in-kind donations?

Costco will provide gift card donations to your nonprofit organization. You can make a Costco donation request by visiting your local store. Costco requires 3 months advance notice, and supports organizations with a focus on supporting children, education, and/or health and human services.

Organizations can submit one application per fiscal year which begins on September 1 and ends on August 31.

If you are looking for product and gift card donation, the following companies are similar to Costco and also donate. Select any of the links below to be directed to the company's donation program information.

Outside of department stores, the following regional grocery and supermarket chains also donate:

Does Costco accept grant applications?

Costco’s grants are targeted towards larger, broad-based organizations and causes. To submit a Costco grant application, you will need a cover letter, W-9, budget information, and a measured impact report if Costco has funded your organization in the past.

Who can and can’t apply for Costco’s grant program?

501(c)(3) organizations located near a Costco store that have a focus on supporting children, education, or health and human services are eligible to apply.

Costco does not donate to individuals, Individuals, political or religious organizations, government agencies, research studies, loans or investments, athletic teams, events booster clubs, schools or PTA/PTOs, or animal related programs. The full list of causes Costco does not fund is found on the first page of the Costco grant application.

In what other ways does Costco interact with communities and pursue social good?

Besides their in-kind and grant donation program, Costco pursues various community initiatives. Costco donates directly to many causes that align with their focuses, as well as providing financial assistance such as scholarships and other educational opportunities to fill in the financial gap.

Costco donates their leftover food items as well as cash grants to food banks as part of their Waste Minimization Program. Costco also donates their first-quality items through WorldVision, which goes to people in need in many countries around the world.

Costco also donates backpacks to schools around the world that need them. Costco has donated almost 7 million backpacks since 1993.

Read more about Costco’s charitable contributions here.

Where can I find the aforementioned Walmart donation request information?

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