Community Pride

Supporting Our Communities Since 1921 

In 1921, our founder, George Warren Brown, established a trust to provide funds to worthy charitable organizations. Ever since, giving back has been a part of our culture.

On a national level, we are a long standing major benefactor of the annual QVC Presents FFANY Shoes on Sale event, raising millions for breast cancer research. Our ongoing partnership with The Two Ten Footwear Foundation, which provides emergency financial assistance and scholarships for members of the U.S. footwear industry, is critical to our commitment not only to giving back, but to serving those who make our industry what it is.

In every city where we do business, we are part of the community. Through our 1,000+ Famous Footwear stores around the country, we are a proud partner of the March of Dimes Foundation March for Babies and have raised more than $22 million to help fund research to prevent birth defects and premature birth.

Although our business is global, we always remember that our company was born and matured in St. Louis, which still serves as our worldwide headquarters. Over the years, we have given more than $20 million to the St. Louis community through our support of the United Way of Greater St. Louis as well as multiple educational and cultural institutions that enrich the fabric of our hometown.

In addition to financial contributions, we also give our time. Our Associates have dedicated thousands of hours to local volunteerism to support not only United Way, March Of Dimes, and the Two Ten Footwear Foundation, but other organizations that are important to them.  As a company, we encourage and applaud those who give of themselves for causes about which they are passionate.

Community March of Dimes

The Caleres Cares Charitable Trust

We encourage 501(C)(3) tax-exempt non profit organizations to apply for a Caleres Cares grant by clicking the link below. Note that grants are not made to individuals. The Caleres Cares Charitable Trust Distribution Committee meets quarterly to consider all qualified applications. March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31 are the deadlines for submitting grant proposals to be considered at the following quarterly meeting.

The Caleres Cares Charitable Trust focuses its grant making on organizations and programs providing services within five funding priorities:

  • Family
  • Healthy Living / Wellness
  • Arts and Culture
  • Local Community
  • Footwear Industry

Our Mission is:

To support charitable organizations, which are

  • Strategically aligned with our mission, vision and values

  • Focused on advancing the footwear industry

  • Benefit the overall St. Louis community in growing and attracting new businesses and residents

 and have a targeted focus on our corporate mission to live better feet first by

  • Helping develop stronger families by providing opportunities for enrichment

  • Encouraging individuals to live better lives through health and wellness efforts

  • Providing occasions for families and individuals to step feet first into the arts and cultural opportunities in the community

  • While always being a good corporate citizen

The Trust generally does not support special events such as galas, walks, golf outings, trivia nights, etc. Applicants will be asked to supply information about their organization, key leadership, details about their request, the impact they expect the grant to have on their organization or community, and how they will measure success.

Please note the online application requires the following attachments:

  • Current year’s operating budget
  • List of board members
  • Program or project budget (if applicable). Attachments can be in Microsoft Word, Excel or Adobe PDF format. Please do not include compressed ZIP files.

New online application:

Applicants who have not yet registered with our online system will be prompted to create an account first so they can return to a saved application at a later date if needed.

Start an application

To update your application:

Users can also edit or complete an online application that has not yet been submitted or review a submitted application.

Return to your existing application 

Note: The online application is not compatible with Google Chrome.