Giving Back

Inspire, empower, and engage our customers and associates to give back.

Our Commitment to inspiring Leadership and Opportunity

Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards  This annual program gives financial grants through ascena Foundation to everyday heroes who are making a difference. Our support has benefited countless organizations, resulting in more than $935,000 in grants to support important community work. Additional information and application details can be found at

Our Signature Partnerships for Women and Girls

HERlead Fellowship Investing in women leaders who improve the world. Trained and mentored over 340 Fellows and impacted over 117,000 people from HERlead projects. To learn more about the Fellowship check out

Girls on the Run Inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun experience-based curriculum. Our support has resulted in nearly $2.7 million raised and donated to Girls on the Run.

Our Giving Highlights

Through our brands and in partnership with our associates and customers, we have a legacy of supporting causes that directly support women and what’s most important to them­.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Through our customer and associate fundraising, we have raised more than $50 million to date.

Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF) is working to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research. As BCRF’s largest fashion partner, we have raised and donated more than $50 million.

Delivering Good® is uniting retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to provide people impacted by poverty and tragedy with new merchandise—to offer hope, dignity and self-esteem to children, families and individuals. Collectively, our brands have contributed a value of more than $17 million in products for 20 recipient organizations focused on women’s empowerment in the U.S.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital® is developing pre-eminent clinical programs to create the best outcomes for children everywhere. To date, we’ve donated nearly $6 million to this important issue.

American Diabetes Association® seeks to prevent and cure diabetes, as well as  improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Our ascenaCARES programs engage our associates by enabling them to ask for support when needed, give back to their communities and contribute to the causes that are most important to them.


ascenaCARES Associate Awards
Recognizes associates who give back to their communities with a grant from ascena Foundation to the organization of their choice and an invitation to the Roslyn S. Jaffe awards luncheon.

Dimes from the Heart
An emergency relief fund that assists our associates during short-term unexpected financial hardships.

Matching Gifts
Provides associates with the opportunity to make a greater impact on the causes they care about by matching financial contributions and time volunteered.

Crisis Relief
Supporting our communities during challenging times through our partnerships with the American Red Cross and Delivering Good.

ascena retail group, inc. and ascena Foundation are committed to philanthropic giving (financial or in-kind) to organizations that do not discriminate on the basis of sex (including pregnancy), race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability that can reasonably be accommodated without undue hardship, genetic information, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected classification under federal, state, or local law. It is our policy in all philanthropic efforts to evaluate and ensure that no recipient organizations have any policy of discrimination, written or otherwise. All recipient organizations to whom we give are expected to follow these principles in their philanthropic efforts.