education

Bright futures begin in the classroom, so we’re making sure kids and schools have the support they need to succeed.

because learning matters

every kid deserves a bright future

boy with book in hand

We believe every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential, and our guests tell us they agree. In fact, education is their top social concern. Because our guests’ concerns are important to us, and because we know that our future success, and that of the global economy, depends on an educated workforce, we strive to help kids do well in school.

While we support programs and activities that benefit education at all levels, studies show that third grade is a turning point where kids transition from learning to read to reading to learn. So we focus our efforts on programs that help get students reading proficiently by the end of third grade and on a path to graduation.

what we support

a teacher reading to students

From book donations to field trips and free museum days to food pantries for families, we have an abundance of education programs and partnerships that set students, teachers and schools up for success. Learn more about the ways we support schools and reading.

$1 billion for education

It’s one of our important education goals. In 2010, we announced plans to give $1 billion for education by the end of the 2015 fiscal year, with a significant portion helping more U.S. children read proficiently by the end of third grade. In 2012, we donated $98 million for education, bringing our total giving to date to $777 million and keeping us on track to hit our goal.

international giving

Our team members live and work in nearly 30 countries around the world. To strengthen those communities, we launched the Target International Giving Program in 2002, supporting quality accessible education for children and youth. In 2012, United Way Worldwide and Save the Children granted more than $2.2 million on behalf of Target to NGOs in 16 countries.