Charitable Giving – Costco

 
Donation and Grant Eligibility Guidelines
In keeping with Costco Wholesale’s giving guidelines our warehouses and regional offices specifically support programs focusing on children, education and health and human services. We would like to respond favorably to all requests however the needs are far greater than our allocated resources. Therefore it is not possible for us to accommodate all requests.

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Costco Warehouse Donations
For local organizations and groups, which focus on children, education or health and human services, provide your local Costco Warehouse Manager with a copy of your IRS tax letter with your 501 (c) (3) status and a completed Warehouse Donation Request form.

Regional Office Donations
For donations which impact a broader community or region, focusing on children, education or health and human services provide the regional office with a copy of your IRS tax letter noting your 501 (c) (3) status and a completed Regional Donation Request form.

Qualifying for a Grant
We specifically focus on programs supporting children, education and health and human services. The United Way, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Red Cross are examples in our charitable giving. Costco Wholesale is committed to supporting charitable and community activities in the markets where we do business.

We do not provide direct aid to:
Individuals
Capital campaigns, building projects, or equipment
Transportation and travel expenses
Political organizations
Religious organizations for religious purposes
Salaries
Government agencies
Loans or investments
Research studies
Athletic teams, events, or sponsorships
Animal related programs, including shelters
Merchandise for fundraisers and auctions
Symposiums, conferences, conventions, professional association meetings
Individual primary and secondary schools
Merchandise promotions, partnerships or advertising
General awareness campaigns
Development or production of books, films, videos, television programs, or websites
Parties, celebrations, parades, festivals and raffles
Deficit funding

Grants
Our Charitable Contributions Committee is charged with overseeing our charitable giving and encouraging decentralization of charitable giving so that the greatest impact is where Costco’s employees and members live and work. Only 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations, which meet our giving guidelines and focus areas, are considered.

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