Donations at San Rafael

Dear Donation Seekers,

We ask that you look over the following guidelines before submitting your request.
1. Your organization or event must be located in San Rafael or in the vicinity of Marin County.

2.  The recipient must be a 501-C (3) nonprofit organization. A copy of the 501-C (3) letter from the IRS
must accompany the application.
This letter comes from the Treasury Department and is different from
the state tax-exempt form.

3. Whole Foods Market has specific guidelines for the organizations we are able to support with
donations. In addition to being a non-profit, you must fall into one of these categories:

  • Environmental Preservation
  • Preventative Health Care
  • Hunger Relief
  • Organic Farming / Sustainable Food Resources
  • Children or the very local community
  • Education on any of the above

Because Whole Foods Market believes in being an active community member, requests from other civic
and charitable groups will be considered if the organization is in the immediate vicinity of a store location,
meets our core values, and funding is available.

4. We do not donate to individuals, individuals seeking pledges, or multiple requests from the same
organization or organizations and/or causes. Each approved organization is restricted to one donation per
year from any and all Whole Foods Market stores.

5. Past support of an organization or event is not a guarantee of future support. Although we would like to
support every worthwhile cause, due to the volume of applications, it is not possible for Whole Foods
Market to fulfill every request.

6. Due to the volume of requests that we receive, we are unable to meet with every organization that drops by with a donation request. We will not be able accomodate last minute requests, phone requests, or dropping by customer service for donations. We will contact you only if we are interested and able to donate.

7. Please submit your donation request to us 6 weeks prior to the event so we are better able to review the many requests that we receive.

If your organization falls under one of the above listed categories, you may choose to apply for one of the following programs at our store. Please download the appropriate application, fill it and email it to

5% Community Support Day

Our Community 5% Days are one meaningful way we give back to our community. Twice a year, a total of 5% of the day’s net sales are donated to a local non-profit organization. Non-profits that fall under any of the categories listed above can apply to participate in this program. Customers support the selected organization by shopping on these 5% Days. Since we offer this program only twice a year, we require the applications to be turned in as early as possible as we receive numerous requests for this program.

Download application(PDF Format): Community Support Day Application

Dimes for Donations

Did you know that Whole Foods Market gives customers a 10 cent credit for bringing your own shopping bags?  Did you know that we also have a program where customers can donate that credit to local nonprofit organizations? If you are a customer who reuses bags to save paper, consider donating your credit to our designated non-profit. If you are with a local charity, apply to be considered for the program. Please be sure to include your non-profit tax-ID# and your W9 to help us process your application.

Download application(PDF Format): Dimes for Donations Application

General Donations

Each month, Whole Foods Market, San Rafael sponsors several charities. From schools, charities, philanthropic and other non-profit groups, we are pleased to help the organizations that make our community better. We donate gift cards for raffles or to use to buy food or an event that the organization is having. If you belong to a non-profit group that fits with Whole Foods Market’s mission and have a specific event or program that needs sponsorship, please apply to be considered.

Due to the volume of requests we get, please remember to apply at least 6 weeks before your event to be considered. We may not be able to fulfill every donation request and respond to every application although we do try to help out when we can.

Please note that every application must be accompanied by a copy of your 501(c)3 letter from the IRS in order to be processed.

Download application(PDF Format): Donations Application

Apply Online: This form gets emailed directly to andrea.l.smith@wholefoods.comDonation Application

For all donations, marketing and community outreach program inquiries please contact:
Andrea Smith
Marketing and Community Outreach Team Leader
Whole Foods Market San Rafael