Kohl’s donates $5M to Children’s Hospital for mental health care
Funding for mental health access, early detection, prevention, education and awareness

Freeman Staff

March 27, 2019

MENOMONEE FALLS — On Tuesday, Kohl’s continued to support its Corporate Social Responsibility platform focused on family health and wellness by donating $5 million during the next four years to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to launch a multi-year mental health strategy to improve mental health services for Wisconsin kids and their families.

According to the announcement, the grant will 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 20year partnership with this amazing institution,” said Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief executive officer, in a statement. “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, in a statement. “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.