Burlington is a caring company that gives back to its local and global community through established philanthropic programs that reflect the values of our team and rapid response efforts to unexpected disasters. In 2017 alone, we raised more than $7.2 million and donated vast amounts of goods and services to numerous charities and non-profits. Below is a list of some of the ways we give back.
Our National Non-Profit Partners
- Warm Coats & Warm Hearts Coat Drive: In 2017, Burlington’s signature philanthropy program Warm Coats & Warm Hearts (hosted in partnership with ABC’s Good Morning America and Delivering Good) collected 172,000 new and gently used coats and donated them to those in need within the communities we serve. Since this program’s inception in 2006, we have collected and distributed more than 2 million coats.
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS): LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting blood cancer. In 2017, Burlington raised $3.3 million, bringing its total donation over the past 16 years to more than $32 million. Burlington is proud to be LLS’s #1 National Corporate partner and Honored Friend for Light the Night. Funds raised by Burlington benefits LLS’s ongoing blood cancer research.
- AdoptAClassroom.org: AdoptAClasroom.org is a national non-profit organization that gives teachers a hand by providing necessary classroom materials so that students can succeed. In 2017, our inaugural year of partnership with the organization, we raised $1.55 million, enabling 3,000 teachers to purchase school supplies for over 75,000 students. This campaign was so successful Burlington received the Gold Halo Award by Engage For Good for the top educational cause marketing campaign in 2017.
- WomenHeart-The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease: WomenHeart is the first national organization solely devoted to supporting women with heart disease, the leading cause of death among women. In 2017, Burlington collected close to $2.9 million to support WomenHeart bringing our seven year donation to the organization to over $11.5 million. WomenHeart uses these funds toward education, support, and raising awareness of the dangers of heart disease among women. Additionally, for the past several years, Burlington has hosted free heart health screenings in select stores. Thousands of our customers have participated in these events, and in many instances, gained personalized, life-saving awareness of their heart health.
- Delivering Good: Delivering Good unites retailers, manufacturers, and foundations to provide new merchandise to individuals and families impacted by poverty and tragedy. In 2017, Burlington donated 200 pallets of new merchandise to local agencies in 48 new-store communities. Burlington has donated nearly 2,000 pallets to more than 200 agencies since the program’s inception in 2011.
- Over the years, in partnership with charities like the American Red Cross and Salvation Army, we have collected funds to support victims of disasters across the globe. In 2017, we came together across the organization to lend support to the victims of hurricanes Maria, Harvey, and Irma. We raised over $1 million through our POS campaigns for hurricane relief funds. Burlington also donated $100,000 in gift cards through Delivering Good to help the storms’ victims begin rebuilding their lives. In addition to these programs, in Puerto Rico following hurricane Maria, we donated thousands of cases of water and $20,000 to Fundación Infantil Ronald McDonald (Ronald McDonald House of Puerto Rico) to help the organization maintain their services for families with sick children. We also provided financial support and assistance to our associates who were affected by these hurricanes.
- Day of Giving: 2017 was the inaugural year for Day of Giving, when our corporate and supply chain teams fanned out in our local areas to offer support to various non-profit organizations and charities. In total our associates volunteered more than 3,300 hours at over 43 individual events supporting 23 different local organizations.
- Burlington Township Food Pantry (BTFP): Since 2009, the BTFP has been feeding an average of 75 families a week in the greater Burlington area. In 2017, the BTFP lost its lease and found itself without a location to serve the local community. When Burlington learned of the BTFP’s plight, we acted quickly and offered the non-profit group a new home in an unoccupied company site in Burlington free of cost.
- Associate Assistance Fund (AAF): As a caring company, we are not only focused on members of our broader community but also on our associates. In 2018, we launched Burlington’s Associate Assistance Fund. This program, funded through associate donations, provides tax free grants of up to $2500 to associates whose primary residence has been damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster or other qualifying event. The funds never need to be paid back and all associates are eligible to apply from their first day of employment. Burlington makes an annual contribution to the AAF to cover all administrative costs and provide support to associates in need.