Kohls to Donate a $6 Million Grant to Expand NAMI’s Support Groups


Kohl’s is giving a $6 million donation to NAMI to help expand mental health support groups, programming and resources for individuals across the country, with a focus on reaching communities of color. 

Through prior funding with Kohls, NAMI was able to start 124 new support groups in underserved communities across the country, reaching thousands of individuals with mental health conditions and their families. Also, 17 NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates implemented new support groups specifically intended to serve communities of color. Additionally, 36% of affiliates who received funding from the Kohls grant saw an increase in the diversity of their support group participants.

By providing mini-grants and online tools and resources, NAMI can apply Kohl’s funding in ways that best suit the unique needs of each community. Over the next three years, NAMI will continue to broaden its reach by:

  • Adding new support groups with a focus on serving diverse communities.
  • Training leaders for support groups and outreach programs.
  • Creating educational campaigns aimed at building awareness for NAMI resources.
  • Building partnerships with other nonprofits, such as the African American Male Wellness Agency, Association of Black Women Physicians and Lambda Sigma Upsilon Fraternity, which will enable NAMI to better reach communities of color.
  • Providing funding for at least 30 NAMI Affiliates to expand or offer for the first time our Outreach Programs, including Sharing Hope and Compartiendo Esperanza

“Every year, millions of Americans are impacted by mental health conditions but often face tremendous barriers to get the help they or a loved one need,” said Daniel H. Gillison Jr., NAMI chief executive officer. “Through our partnership with Kohl’s, we can better meet individuals and families of all backgrounds wherever they are on their mental health journeys and provide them with accessible support. We are grateful to be partnering with Kohl’s and appreciate their continued investment in NAMI’s work.”