Frequently Asked Questions
- Why was Take Charge of Education discontinued?
Since beginning the program, the way in which our guests want to engage with our giving has evolved. We are focused on developing new and innovative giving programs that make a meaningful difference in the communities where we do business.
- Are you replacing Take Charge of Education with a new program?
No. There will not be a direct replacement of the Take Charge of Education program. We will repurpose these funds through other local community giving programs, as well as look at new and innovative ways to engage guests in our giving.
- How will Target use the funds that were previously given to schools through Take Charge of Education?
After the Take Charge of Education program concluded on May 14, 2016, these funds shifted to other programs in our portfolio as part of our ongoing commitment to give 5 percent of our profit back to communities.
- How much did Target donate through Take Charge of Education?
We are proud that over the past 19 years, Target has given more than $460 million to more than 120,000 schools through the Take Charge of Education program.
- Do I need to do anything?
No action is needed by guests or schools. To conclude the Take Charge of Education program as of May 14, 2016, schools will receive a check for funds that have accrued; all checks should be received by July 1. Upon program completion, guests can continue to enjoy the other benefits of their REDcard.
- Where does Target send Take Charge of Education Checks?
Checks are made payable to the school and are sent to the attention of the Principal.
- How often will my designated school receive a check?
Take Charge of Education has ended effective May 14, 2016. To conclude the Take Charge of Education program, schools will receive a check for funds that have accrued; all checks should be received by July 1.
- Can parent groups get a check (instead of the Principal)?
Take Charge of Education checks are made payable to the school. Target sends every check to the attention of each school’s Principal, and the decision on how to disburse the funds is left to the discretion of the Principal.
- Our school lost our check, can we get a replacement check?
Yes. Take Charge of Education ended effective May 14, 2016; schools will automatically receive a final check by July 1, 2016. If you lost your check, call us at 1-800-316-6142 by November 14, 2016 to receive a reissue of your Take Charge of Education check.
- Are there any restrictions on how Take Charge of Education funds can be used?
Target does not restrict how schools use their Take Charge of Education funds. Schools can use the money however they see fit. Some schools might purchase books, computers or playground equipment, others might use the money for field trips, new programs or to pay for substitute teachers.
- What percentage of my REDcard purchases does Target donate?
Take Charge of Education has ended effective May 14, 2016. For cardholders enrolled in the program, prior to May 14, 2016, Target donated 1 percent of all REDcard purchases made at Target and Target.com to the eligible K-12 school they designated. Restrictions apply. Scroll down for complete Program Rules.
- Can I get a list of names of people who designated my school?
No, guest participation is confidential. Target does not provide this type of information.
- In what other ways does Target support communities?
At Target, community giving has always been, and continues to be a cornerstone of our company. It’s why since 1946 Target has given 5 percent of our profit— which today totals 4 million a week—back to the communities in which our guests and team members live, learn, work and play.
As part of our company-wide commitment to wellness, our partnerships and programs build on our legacy of work in education, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and addressing local community needs. And we’ll continue to focus on youth, through the lens of wellness, whether through in-school or out-of-school or related community programming. We’ll also continue to address the most pressing needs of the communities where we do business.
To learn more about Target’s corporate social responsibility efforts, please visit Target.com/corporateresponsibility .
Take Charge of Education® Program Rules
- Take Charge of Education has ended as of 5/14/2016
- Qualifying Schools
The Take Charge of Education program is intended to benefit K-12 schools located in the U.S. having a 501(cX3) or 509 (a)(1) tax-exempt status.
- How the Program Works
Target Credit Card and TargetTM MasterCard® Credit Card account holders can sign up for the Take Charge of Education program by calling 1-800-316-6142 or by visiting Target.com/tcoe or an in-store kiosk. The primary cardholder of a Target Debit Card™ can sign up for the Take Charge of Education program by calling 1-800-316-6142 .
Designate an eligible K-12 school, and Target donates an amount equal to one percent (1%) of your Target Credit Card, Target MasterCard Credit Card or Target Debit Card purchases (minus returns and sales tax) at any Target store and Target.com. Target will track purchases made on participating Target Credit Cards, Target MasterCard Credit Cards, and Target Debit Cards, and will distribute the accumulated donations to schools in February. Note the final program payout will distribute based on accumulations from February through 5/14/2016 in May 2016.
- General Conditions
Only one school may be designated for each Target Credit Card account, Target MasterCard Credit Card account, and Target Debit Card. For the Target Debit Card, only the primary cardholder can designate the K-12 school, and that designation will apply to any authorized users.
Schools must meet the eligibility requirements described above.
Donation amounts begin to accrue when the school designation is processed. The school donation will only be made for Target Credit Card accounts and Target MasterCard Credit Card accounts that are open and in good standing at the time donations are distributed to eligible schools. The school donation will only be made for Target Debit Cards that are open and have no unpaid electronic transfers at the time the donation is distributed to eligible schools.
School donations through Take Charge of Education are not tax deductible.
Checks will not be mailed to schools if the payout is less than $25. (Payouts under $25 will carry over to the next payment period). Checks must be cashed before the expiration on the check. Checks are considered rejected if not cashed by expiration, Target reserves the right to discontinue or alter the terms of this program at any time.