True Value Foundation is honing its mission to make a greater difference—focusing its resources on improving the lives of children in the communities we serve.

It all comes down to the children. They are the living embodiment of the future of our society and our world. Everything the True Value Foundation does can be seen through that lens. We make an impact in two areas—community vitality and education.

Community vitality

We work to improve kids’ quality of life through safe housing and revitalized schools and neighborhoods. Each year at our Spring and Fall Reunion, True Value retailers, suppliers and associates get together to work on a Habitat for Humanity© project—over the past five years alone, we’ve provided thousands of volunteer hours in community service through this and other volunteer work. Suppliers donate truckloads of merchandise after Reunion for resale at Habitat’s ReStores© in host cities. And through our national Painting a Brighter FutureSM grant program, we have awarded paint to more than 400 schools in need, covering more than 6.2 million square feet of classroom walls.


We’re helping kids to thrive, providing educational and practical support through associate and member scholarships, the United Way and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). The co-op has a 30-year relationship with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, dating back to founder John Cotter’s commitment to helping inner-city youth prosper. True Value has helped keep the Cotter Boys and Girls Club a safe haven for thousands of youth through millions of dollars of support from the True Value vendor community over the years.

In 2014, we announced a national partnership with the BGCA to unify our focus and make an even greater difference. The foundation is working with a small group of True Value retailers in 2014 to help kids in need in their communities through support of local clubs.

The partnership’s initial goal is to create a model for wider True Value retailer involvement in their local Boys and Girls Clubs in 2015 and beyond. The BGCA offers many opportunities for True Value retailer participation, including mentoring, donating supplies for aftercare programs, staff involvement in fundraisers and much more. The bottom line? Reach more kids!