At Whole Foods Market we value the communities in which we do business; this is one of our Core Values! We strive to make a difference. We are extremely proud of our community involvement and the relationships that we continue to make each month. So, please feel free to submit a donation application to the Whole Foods Market closest to you!
One way we try to help is by making donations of gift cards or our products to some of the non-profit groups in the neighborhoods surrounding our store- Fenway/Kenmore, Back Bay, South End, Roxbury, Mission Hill, Chinatown, Dorchester, and Mattapan.
Donation Requests are accepted online. You should complete the online application at least 60 days prior to when you would expect your donation. As part of the process you will be asked to upload a copy of your group’s 501(c)3 letter from the IRS/US Treasury. Please note that this is a federal letter and not the Tax Exempt Form from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Click here to apply online; be sure to choose Boston (Symphony) as your store.
Recent recipients include:
Alzheimer’s Disease + Related Disorders Association
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston (Peace of Pie)
Boston Living Center
Boston Public Schools Health + Wellness (City of Boston)
Camp Shriver (UMass Foundation)
Cape Shore Foundation
Ebenezer Baptist Church
Elizabeth Stone House
Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Emerald Necklace Conservancy (Friends of Harry E-D Park)
Entre Familia (Boston Public Health Commission)
Fenway Community Development Corporation
Fenway Garden Society
Fenway High School (City of Boston)
Franklin Park Coalition
Freisinger Chamber Orchestra
Friends of Titus Sparrow Park
George H. Conley School (City of Boston)
Huntington Theatre Company
Institute on Urban Health Research (NEU)
John Winthrop School
Jumpstart for Young Children
Links Foundation (Dorchester)
Mass. Federation of Farmers’ + Gardeners’ Markets
Mattapan Community Health Center
Northeastern (NEU Big Dog 5K)
Northeastern University (NUSTAND)
Northeastern University (OIDE)
Nuestra Communidad Development Corporation
Partners for Youth with Disabilities
Pathways to Wellness
People’s Baptist Church (People Economic Educational+Dev)
Peterborough Senior Center (Fenway CDC)
St. Francis House
The Learning Project
United South End Settlements
Young Black Women’s Society
Youth and Family Enrichment Services (Mattapan Food + Fit)
Our Community 5% Days are another meaningful way we give back to our community. On designated days throughout the year a total of 5% of the day’s net sales are donated to local non-profit organizations. Customers help support our selected organizations just by shopping on these 5% Days.
Some of our recent recipients have been the Share Our Strength’s Operation Frontline, The Chef’s Collaborative, Pine Street Inn, Clean Air-Cool Planet, and Countdown to Kindergarten. Many of our stores have banded together to support some of the larger groups and our store often joins with our other two Boston stores on citywide organizations.
There are other ways that our store works with non-profit agencies in the area. We participate regularly with other Greater Boston stores or on our own by offering our customers coupons at checkout enabling them to support selected agencies. The Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets, Project Bread, Boston Living Center, MSPCA, AIDS Action Committee, NOFA, Pine Street Inn, Share Our Strength’s Operation Frontline, and the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition are a few of the groups which have benefited from this program.
You’ll often find Team Members from the Symphony store sampling food or talking up our store at community and fundraising events, too. You’ve seen us at Taste of the South End, Taste of the Fenway, and at many public and private health and wellness fairs and food events around town. At larger scale events such as Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation, Earthfest, and AIDS Walk Boston, you’ll often find Whole Foods Market Team Members from all over Eastern Massachusetts!
And, although many of our regionally-supported activities, such as Huntington Theatre Company, don’t require us to be there, you’ve snacked on our donations or purchased them to support the programs you’ve attended.
Community Relations Contact
Marketing Team Leader