JCPenney Communities Foundation

The Foundation celebrates and serves America’s diverse, working families in the communities where our associates and customers live and work.

Supporting America’s diverse, working families today means offering access to skill-building and resources that allow everyone to thrive. To meet this goal, the Foundation invests in leading nonprofits making strides in three critical areas:

  • Job readiness
  • Health and well-being
  • Inclusive access to education
  • Feeding America®

At JCPenney, we believe that access to nutritious food is essential for good health and well-being. In 2022, we pledged $500,000 over the next three years to support child hunger programs through Feeding America®, a nationwide network of 200 food banks, 21 statewide food bank associations, and 60,000 partner agencies, food pantries, and meal programs. Our partnership with Feeding America® is part of our ongoing commitment to help end hunger and ensure that everyone has access to nutritious food.

At JCPenney, we’re committed to inclusive access to education so all young people can thrive. This includes investing in new tools that equip teachers to reach all students. In 2023, we pledged $300,000 over three years to support The Walking Classroom, a program of Healthier Generation. The Walking Classroom combines educational content with healthy habits, encouraging physical activity and boosting academic performance. JCPenney’s donation to Healthier Generation reflects our commitment to supporting teachers in creating the healthy and engaging environments where students can learn and grow.

Funds for these investments in America’s diverse, working families come from Round Up donations on




The Foundation’s largest program is Leader Grants, which raises funds when JCPenney customers round up their purchase to the nearest dollar at check out. Leader Grants supports notable nonprofits in local JCPenney communities throughout the country, including Boys & Girls Clubs, Communities in Schools, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

About the JCPenney Communities Foundation

The JCPenney Communities Foundation was established in 2001 to increase JCPenney’s philanthropic impact. The Foundation serves as the nonprofit partner for JCPenney’s giving programs. JCPenney Communities Foundation (EIN: 75-2966166) is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 charitable organization. For more information about JCPenney’s giving program, visit JCPenney Giving.

Please be advised: Because of commitments to national programs and local initiatives where JCPenney customers live and work, the JCPenney Communities Foundation currently does not consider unsolicited donation requests.