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Corporate Giving

Through gifts from Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, Inc. (including the Macy’s Foundation), more than $26 million was contributed to nearly 6,000 nonprofit organizations in 2013.

The majority of our gifts were directed to our core focus areas for philanthropy: arts and culture, education, the environment, HIV/AIDS awareness and research, and women’s issues – particularly women’s health and domestic violence.

Included in our 2013 giving total is more than $4 million donated to charities across the country as a dollar-for-dollar match of our associates’ personal charitable contributions to approximately 3,000 individual nonprofit organizations.

Across the country, support from Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s giving programs helped sponsor free admission to museums and exhibits, special musical performances, art exhibits, and art and theatre workshops for children. In the area of education, we funded scholarship programs, summer reading programs, mentoring and tutoring, and early childhood education initiatives. Grants in our HIV/AIDS focus area included sponsorship of awareness walks and runs as well as funding for meals and nutrition programs, housing programs, and research and counseling initiatives.

We contributed to environmental programs covering both conservation and preservation, including sponsorship of Earth Day activities, plant programs for children at botanical gardens, and animal preservation and awareness programs at zoos and aquariums. In the women’s issues focus area, our grants supported early detection and screening programs for heart disease, breast cancer and ovarian cancer; provided a wide range of assistance to emergency shelters; sponsored programs to raise awareness about domestic and dating violence; and funded self-esteem and leadership programs for young girls and teens.

A substantial number of our corporate grants are directed specifically to the individual local communities across the country where we have stores or other facilities. Many of these grants are spearheaded by our local contributions committees through our My Macy’s District Grants program and nearly 1,300 individual District Grants were made in 2013. Similar to our merchandise localization, the District Grants program supports the organizations and causes that are important to our local communities.

Another major gift in 2013 was a grant of more than $2 million to Make-A-Wish as part of our sixth annual Believe campaign during the holidays. Macy’s donated $1 for every letter to Santa dropped into in-store letterboxes, up to a maximum of $1 million, and added a contribution of more than $1 million for National Believe Day and from other in-store events.