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Together we are shaping retail’s future.
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Shaping retail's future.

   

45,000 JOBSEEKERS TRAINED

$1.5 MILLION SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

100+ RETAILERS ENGAGED

As the philanthropic arm of the National Retail Federation, we stand up for the value of retail jobs at all levels and help support a bigger, better pool of talent for retailers nationwide. Through education, training and experiences for everyone from high school and college students to people with barriers to employment, we help more job seekers take their first steps toward promising careers.

Our annual Student Program in NYC
See how a career in retail puts you on the front lines of solving complex business problems for some of the most exciting and innovative brands in the world.
 
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A student getting her resume reviewed at the resume workshop at student program 2017

Events and programs

We provide unique and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that reveal first-hand the diverse career possibilities available within the retail industry. 
Learning builds confidence and confidence builds careers.
Explore RISE Up — a powerful program offering training and credentials that helps entry-level job seekers develop meaningful careers.
 
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Jake Fischer, Holly Li, David Pang, Aneesa Lee all posing for a picture at the NRF Foundation 2018 Gala
 
NRF Foundation Gala
We celebrate the success of an industry that gets stronger with every reinvention. Join us for our fifth annual Gala in January 2019 as we stand up for the value of retail jobs and the opportunities retail offers millions of Americans.
 
The List of People Shaping Retail's Future and The Visionary
Every year, we recognize the true originals, determined idealists, inspirational change-makers, champions of retail and fearless leaders whose imagination, inspiration and innovation make a true impact on the industry.
 
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