Community Giving - Short Pump

Whole Foods Market Short Pump is your community store, supporting hundreds of local charitable community organizations, non-profits, and schools each year through direct donations, in-kind donations, and volunteer time. 

Our team members are part of the local community and they are passionate about supporting the local causes that are important to our shoppers and neighbors. 

Our first priority is to work with local food banks to ensure the basic need of nourishment is taken care of for all of our neighbors.

Then several times a year, our stores hold community giving days (otherwise known as “5% Days”) where five percent of that day’s net sales are donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization.  The groups that benefit from these 5% Days are as varied as the communities themselves.  In addition to 5% days, our store also selects two local non-profits a quarter to support through our Nickles for Non-Profits program.  Last but not least, team members are constantly volunteering their time and expertise to an assortment of local non-profits.


Types of Donations & Community Support

General Donations

We encourage our local charitable organizations to reach out to us for support of their events and fundraising campaigns. We kindly ask that donations requests fall within the following categories:

  1. Hunger relief
  2. Preventative health care through nutrition
  3. Animal compassion
  4. Environmental preservation
  5. Supporting the arts 
  6. Education (supporting healthy eating and physical activity programs, scholarships for underprivileged)

5% Days

Whole Foods Market Short Pump holds a 5% Day quarterly on which 5% of total sales is donated to a local charitable organization.  Our 5% days also provides us with the opportunity support a local non-profit and partner with them for a hands-on project or upcoming community event.  Upcoming 5% days are announced on our social media outlets, on our store’s event calendar, as well as through signage throughout the store. 

Are you a local non-profit interested in this program?  If applying for a 5% day, please include on your application suggestions of how a Whole Foods Market volunteer group of 10-15 individuals could support your organization with a specific project. Click HERE to apply for a 5% Day. In the "event" field of the application, please put "5% Day, month."  For the event description, list how you would use these funds.

Nickel's for Non-Profits

Whole Foods Market Short Pump supports two local nonprofit organizations quarterly through the Nickels for Nonprofits program.  At check-out, customers who use a reusable bag can donate their bag refund to one of the two local non-profits selected for the quarter.  Our goal is not only to raise funds, but also to expose customers to wide array of local non-profits area. 

Are you a local non-profit interested in this program?  Click HERE to apply for Nickels for Nonprofits. In the "event" field of the application, please put "Nickels for Nonprofits."  For the event description, list how this would benefit your organization.

Please note: Whole Foods Market accepts donation requests from local non-profit organizations with 501 (c) (3) status.  Applications can take 8 - 12 weeks to process.

How to Apply for Support

To apply for support from Whole Foods Market Short Pump, please click HERE to complete our online donation application.  Applications must be submitted at least 8-12 weeks prior to the date the donation is needed.  Due to the sheer volume of requests and community support granted, last-minute and/or incomplete applications cannot be reviewed. If you have questions about our donation policy, please fill out a donation request form.

Please help us serve you and our community better by submitting your applications according to the following required guidelines:

  1. Complete the entire Whole Foods Market Donation Request Application online (it contains two parts.)
  2. Attach a copy of your organization’s federally issued letter certifying non-profit 501(c)3 status.
  3. Wait to receive your confirmation email – YOU ARE NOT DONE YET!
  4. Fill out the remainder of the Application with your event details.
  5. Submit the application at least 8-12 weeks prior to the date the donation is needed.

National & Global Giving

Beyond our local efforts, Whole Foods Market as a company supports two foundations: Whole Kids Foundation and Whole Planet Foundation.  These foundations are uniquely aligned with our Core Values. They provide each store an opportunity to help those in need on global scale.

Whole Kids Foundation

Whole Kids Foundation's mission is to improve children's nutrition. Through partnerships with innovative organizations, schools and educators we work to support schools and provide children access to healthier choices. We are also dedicated to inspiring families to make healthy eating choices for life.  Learn more about the Whole Kids Foundation

Whole Planet Foundation

The Whole Planet Foundation's mission is to create economic partnerships with the poor in those developing-world communities that supply our stores with product. Through innovative assistance for entrepreneurship — including direct micro-credit loans and tangible support for other community partnership projects — we seek to unleash the energy and creativity of every human being we work with in order to create wealth and prosperity in emerging economies.  Learn more about the Whole Planet Foundation.