In The Community

We support our associates in our corporate headquarters and across the country who are active in the neighborhoods and cities where they live and do business. We are proud of the passion they share for giving back. They give of themselves through volunteering time, providing financial support and offering their various talents in service to others.

On a corporate level, our community engagement philosophy has three primary focuses:  feeding hungry families; supporting the economic independence and empowerment of women; and supporting the battle against breast cancer.

In addition, we are involved in a number of local charities in the Columbus, Ohio and New York City areas, including The United Way of Central Ohio and our Giving Tree Program.

For more information, please e-mail us at

Our National Charity

We have made an important decision to lend our philanthropic support to Dress for Success; this we believe allows us to make an impact, through our corporate offices in Columbus and New York and our more than 20,000 store associates nationwide.

Their mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Non-Profit Grants

Each year Express will allocate a limited amount of funding to non-profit, public charities with tax exempt status under Section (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Before an organization is considered for a grant, it must:
  • Fall within the scope of the Express giving philosophy.
  • Provide a year-end report stating the results of the grant activities.
  • Direct at least 80% of the money raised toward beneficiaries.
  • Be willing to provide documentation to Express verifying financial donations.
  • Be located in Columbus OH, San Francisco CA, or New York City NY.
  • Be inclusive in policies and practices involving all genders, races, ages, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or creed.

Please note: The grant requested should fall within $1,000 - $10,000 range. The program/goal of the financial donation must significantly affect the surrounding community.

Programs that are ineligible for support include:
  • Fashion shows or other requests for clothing donations
  • Organizations that discriminate based on race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, veteran status or physical or mental disabilities
  • Religious organizations
  • Political organizations, campaigns or candidates for political office
  • Lobbying groups Medical or health-related causes other than Breast Cancer Veteran or fraternal organizations
  • Individuals
  • Goodwill advertising in journals or program books
  • Capital campaigns such as building grants
  • Organizations that spend more than 20% of their total budget on fundraising efforts
If your agency meets the above criteria, please submit a brief overview that includes the following information:
  • Brief organization history
  • Amount of request
  • Program purpose/goals and how you plan to meet them
  • Calendar of activities and events
  • Clear statement of goals & objectives
  • List of funders (present and potential)Contact person
  • Evaluation process to be used
  • Volunteer opportunities

All grant proposals should be mailed to the below or e-mailed to

Human Resources
1 Express Drive
Columbus, OH 43230

Gift Card Donations

In addition to supporting our national charity partners, Express has created an opportunity to give back through a gift card program that allows us to extend our philanthropic reach while still maintaining a commitment feeding hungry families; supporting the economic independence and empowerment of women; and supporting the battle against breast cancer

Gift card donation guidelines include:
  • Gift cards will be given in increments of $25 with the maximum donation not to exceed $100
  • Express will focus on organizations that specifically impact our charitable focus as noted above
  • Gift cards can be requested directly from our organization at least six weeks prior to the time the donation is needed.

While we hope to respond to all gift card requests, often times the number of requests we receive far outnumber our funding capacity.  If a donation request is granted, a letter and gift card will be sent within six weeks of the request.

Please send gift card requests to or they can be mailed to

Human Resources
1 Express Drive
Columbus, OH 43230