A note about coronavirus (COVID-19)

We know the COVID-19 situation is evolving quickly. We’re as concerned as you are about keeping our staff and our community safe, and we’re tracking the situation closely with the guidance of public health experts. All RISE Up materials continue to be available online so you can use the RISE Up program remotely with your students.  View our RISE Up Online Delivery – FAQs here and access NRF’s COVID-19 resources here.

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Building extraordinary careers
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Access free retail skills training

The NRF Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on helping people discover that the retail industry is a great place to start and a great place to grow. We provide the programs and resources for people of all backgrounds to build their career in retail. 


The latest from the NRF Foundation

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Enroll in free RISE Up online course

Our introductory RISE Up Retail Industry Fundamentals course is now available online, at no charge, for anyone to access.

NRF Foundation Student Challenge: Tips from last year’s top team

From holding weekly Zoom meetings to embracing different skill sets and creating a story for their product line, the top team in the 2020 NRF Foundation Student Challenge shared how they succeeded in the business case competition.

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Next Generation top recipient 2020 posing at YouTube Space
NRF Foundation scholarship helps undergrad erase debt

Texas A & M University marketing major LeAnn Percivill received $25,000

RISE Up Partner of the Year honorees at NRF Foundation Honors step and repeat
NRF Foundation names inaugural RISE Up ‘Partner of the Year’

The award was presented to The Center for the Future of Arizona at the NRF Foundation Honors on Jan. 12, 2020. 

Meet The List 2020

Every year, the NRF Foundation recognizes individuals making a true impact on retail on The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future. 

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Students enjoy the NRF Student Program
Making connections, building careers

NRF Foundation Student Program draws 1,100 students from more than 130 universities

Next Generation Finalists 2020 at YouTube Space
2020 Next Generation Scholarship Finalists

NRF Foundation gives once-in-a-lifetime experience to scholarship finalists.

The Visionary 2020: Michelle Gass

Michelle Gass was appointed CEO of Kohl’s in May 2018. Gass is responsible for Kohl’s overall strategy and operations, overseeing 1,160 Kohl’s stores, Kohls.com, and associates nationwide.

Michelle Gass

The NRF Foundation offers a wide variety of resources, tools and experiences to support and promote retail education, research and careers.