Community Giving at River Forest

At Whole Foods Market, we are active participants in our community and extremely proud of our neighborhood involvement and the relationships we continue to forge.   To best fit the needs of our community, we live our philanthropic  mission through a variety of giving opportunities.

Partnership Opportunities


We offer various donations to 501 (c) 3 organizations to help their needs and goals be met. On a local basis, we are actively involved in our communities by:

  • Special Event or Series support through the donation of goods and services.
  • Charitable product donation to meet a specific community need
  • Special project support that helps promote healthy eating education, wellness, environmental consciousness, sustainability, the arts, or education.

Community Support Day


Our Community 5% Days are one meaningful way we give back to our community. These 5% Days consist of in-store events and demos, and end with five percent of the day’s net sales being donated to the benefiting organization. Customers help support our selected organizations just by shopping on these 5% Days.

One Dime at a Time 


Our One Dime a Time program gives shoppers the opportunity to donate their 10 cent, reusable bag credit to a local charity.  Four local organizations are chosen every year to receive the donations collected from this program.

Organizations interested in any of these opportunities may e-mail cassandra.lees@wholefoods.com to receive a Donation Application via e-mail or stop by our Customer Service desk to pick-up a copy. We ask that completed forms be submitted a minimum of 6-weeks in advance. While submitting an application is a necessary first step in the process, it is not a guarantee that a donation request will be granted. Due to the large volume of requests we receive, we unfortunately cannot honor every request, and will only contact you if we can provide a donation for your organization.

In order to keep our donations local and best serve our community, we do not donate to individuals, individuals seeking pledges, multiple requests from the same organization, or organizations and/or causes more than 10 miles away from our store.

River Forest Donation Packet.pdf