In support of the company’s broader Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) platform focused on family health and wellness, Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) announced it will donate $5 million, over four years, to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to help launch a multi-year mental health strategy to improve mental health services for Wisconsin kids and their families. The grant will directly address the state’s need for greater access to mental health services for children and generate awareness about the impact a child’s mental health has on his or her holistic well-being.
“Kohl’s shares Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s commitment to children’s health and wellness, and we’re proud to elevate our nearly 20-year partnership with this amazing institution,” said Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief executive officer. “We applaud the efforts Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is making to break down barriers and increase access to services and resources that support mental wellness by addressing stress, anxiety, trauma, depression, and other issues that so many kids across the country face today.”
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin will devote Kohl’s funding to mental health access, early detection, prevention, education, and awareness through the expansion of school-based mental and behavioral health services, introduction of new and refined system-wide screening tools, mental health programming research, and an awareness campaign.
“This incredibly generous gift will jumpstart numerous initiatives and expand programs that strengthen our mental health strategy,” said Peggy Troy, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. “We are so thankful that Kohl’s believes in our vision that Wisconsin kids will be the healthiest in the nation – physically, mentally, and socially. Sadly, Wisconsin ranks extremely low in meeting the mental health needs of our kids.”
Since 2000, Kohl’s and Kohl’s Cares have donated more than $15 million to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The long-standing partnership between Kohl’s and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is rooted in creating new and exciting programs focused on kids’ health and education. Most recently, Kohl’s and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin launched Mission: Healthy Kids, a program that helps Wisconsin kids and families learn how to eat right, stay fit, and feel good about their bodies.
Kohl’s has a deep commitment to improving the health and wellness of families in its hometown. For more than 30 years, the company has given nearly $115 million to local nonprofit organizations to address critical community needs through its best-in-class volunteer program, grants to 15 hometown partners and six affiliate partners, Kohl’s Hometown Giving Program, and Kohl’s Field Trip Grant Program. Kohl’s donations are made possible through Kohl’s philanthropic program, Kohl’s Cares®, which sells children’s books and toys and donates 100 percent of the net profit to support happier and healthier communities nationwide.
For more information on Kohl’s commitment to family health and wellness and the company’s CSR efforts, visit Corporate.Kohls.com.