Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced that over the last fiscal year they gave more than $1 billion in cash and in-kind contributions, making it the first time Walmart or any U.S. retailer has achieved that level of giving. The growth in global giving was largely due to increased in-kind donations in the U.S. to local food banks and families impacted by disasters. In Washington state, Walmart gave $15,704,177.41, supporting nonprofits like USO Northwest.
“We are very pleased to announce such historic numbers both nationally and locally in Washington state,” said Madeleine Havener, Senior Director and Regional General Manager for Washington and Oregon at Walmart. “Walmart’s grants, along with in-kind store donations and Associate volunteer hours, help our community partners thrive and provide much-needed resources for Washington state residents.”
In 2010, Walmart announced a historic $2 billion commitment of cash and in-kind gifts to hunger relief organizations in the U.S. through 2015. In Washington state, Walmart donated 8,031,267 pounds of food to local food banks—nearly 7 million meals in the last fiscal year, contributing to the 351 million meals contributed to local food banks across America. In addition to its hunger relief efforts, the retailer and its Foundation has partnered with USO Northwest in the state of Washington to provide funding for continued support of military members and their families. This partnership was strengthened by Walmart’s recent commitment to hire more than 100,000 veterans over the next 10 years.
Overall, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s total global contributions of $1.08 billion in the last fiscal year include:
- U.S. giving of $1 billion in cash and in-kind gifts, up from $872.7 million last year
- More than 351 million meals to local food banks through Feeding America
- $1.9 million in grants to Share Our Strength to provide 122,000 families the skills and resources needed to prepare healthy, affordable meals
- Our stores and clubs gave $4.9 million toward first responders, including nearly $3 million toward local law enforcement
- $106.4 million in cash and in-kind gifts given by Sam’s Club and the Sam’s Club Giving Program
- Helped 3,600 small-business owners get the training they need to succeed
- Provided grants to nonprofit partners that enabled 265 small-business loans
- International giving of $82.2 million in cash and in-kind gifts
In addition to the more than $1 billion from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation, Walmart and Sam’s Club customers and associates around the world raised $156.3 million for local organizations such as the Salvation Army and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. During the 2012 holiday season alone, our associates and customers in the U.S. raised nearly $45 million during the Red Kettle campaign to benefit local chapters of the Salvation Army, accounting for more than 30 percent of the organization’s Red Kettle fundraising. Our associates and customers also made a difference for nearly 17 million kids across the nation by raising more than $51 million for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals last fiscal year.
“The funds we receive from Walmart’s Washington State Giving Council will have a long lasting impact on service members and their families in the Northwest,” says Donald Leingang, executive director of USO Northwest and CDR, USN (Ret.). “With Walmart’s most recent grant of $60,000 alone, our Mobile Canteen RV will be able to travel across Washington State providing moral support and meals for an entire year.
For a state-by-state breakdown of giving, or more information about the Walmart Foundation, visit foundation.walmart.com.