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Wal-Mart Foundation

The Wal-Mart Foundation strives to provide opportunities that improve the lives of individuals in their communities including their customers and associates. Through financial contributions, in-kind donations and volunteerism, the Wal-Mart Foundation supports initiatives focused on enhancing opportunities in our four main focus areas:
  1. Education
  2. Workforce Development / Economic Opportunity
  3. Environmental Sustainability
  4. Health and Wellness
The Wal-Mart Foundation has a particular interest in supporting the following populations: veterans and military families, traditionally underserved groups, individuals with disabilities and people impacted by natural disasters.

In all of their giving efforts, Wal-Mart strives to meet the unmet needs of underserved populations and support organizations that give individuals access to a better life. Wal-Mart believes in operating globally and giving back locally. They encourage associates to support programs that make a positive difference in their communities through volunteer efforts and financial contributions. Wal-Mart involve associates in determining how Wal-Mart Foundation dollars are used to support causes that are important to them.

Wal-Mart Stores and Sam’s Clubs can recommend grants of up to $5,000 to local nonprofit organizations. To learn more about requesting a grant through these programs, please first review the Wal-Mart Store and Sam’s Club Giving Guidelines and then contact the Community Involvement Coordinator at the Wal-Mart Store or Sam’s Club facility nearest you. This is an opportunity open to multiple chapters. BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) will work with any local BDPA chapter once they identify contact information for a specific Wal-Mart Store in their area.

National BDPA may also want to consider partnering with BETF on a grant proposal seeking up to $250,000. The Wal-Mart Foundation’s National Giving Program awards grants of $250,000 and above to nonprofit organizations implementing programs at multiple sites across the country. The Foundation may award grants through the National Giving Program which support the replication of a particularly innovative local or regional initiative at other sites around the country. National nonprofit organizations interested in applying for funding must first submit a letter of inquiry (LOI) that briefly outlines the program, the unmet need it addresses, the intended outcomes, the constituencies served, and the organization’s capacity to carry out the work.

Here are the answers to Frequently Asked Questions about this funding opportunity.

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The Wal-Mart Foundation supports programs and initiatives addressing education, workforce development, economic sustainability, and health and wellness. For health and wellness in particular, the Foundation looks to improve access to healthcare, promote healthy lifestyles and behaviors, and reduce disparities.

Grant awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Eligible applicants include organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3, recognized government entities, volunteer Fire Departments, K-12 Public Schools/Districts, Charter Schools, Colleges, Universities, Private Schools with tax-exempt status, and faith-based organizations.
Wal-Mart may have only recently announced plans to open stores in the District of Columbia, but the company's charitable foundation has been an active funder of Washington DC nonprofits for the past few years. Nationally, the company's foundation focuses on giving in four main areas: education, workforce development/economic opportunity, environmental sustainability and health and wellness.

The company and the foundation recently announced an additional focus on fighting hunger, with a pledge to spend $2 billion by 2015 to support hunger relief in America.

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BDPA Greater Columbia chapter president Mildred Allen took the initiative to meet with local Wal-Mart Store community outreach leaders earlier this year. As a result of her efforts the BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) submitted $2,000 grant proposals to the local management at four different Wal-Mart stores in the Columbia, South Carolina area.

We are very pleased to report that two of those grant proposals were favorably received by the management at Store #1164 and Store #1286. This means that $4,000 in funding is coming to us in support of the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program in South Carolina.  We received a message about our successful grant application from both stores. Here is one of the approval messages received earlier this week:
Dear Wayne Hicks,

The Walmart Foundation and Facility # 1286 are pleased to inform you that your organization has been selected to receive a grant through the Local Community Contribution/Hunger Outreach Grant Program in the amount of $2,000.00. We believe that your organization is doing important work to the communities you serve, and we are proud that we are able to support you in your efforts.

Your grant payment will be awarded to you by check, and it will be sent to the address listed in your grant application. Your grant check will be issued within the next few weeks and mailed to your organization as quickly as possible.

Thank you for the work your organization does to create opportunities so people can live better.

Sincerely,
The Walmart Foundation

We are still waiting to learn the results from the other two stores. Mostly, we look forward to seeing the young people trained by BDPA Greater Columbia chapter at the upcoming national conference!

I am going to begin submitting $2k grant proposals on behalf of all 45 local chapters.  We've already done this for BDPA Gr. Columbia chapter.

Who wants to be next?

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is very happy to report that our $2,000 grant proposal to Walmart Store #4379 has been approved. This funding will be used to support the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program located in Columbia, South Carolina. BDPA Greater Columbia chapter president Mildred Allen and about a dozen students, volunteers and leaders were in Baltimore last week to participate in the 34th annual BDPA Technology Conference. This funding will help the chapter continue on its quest to provide meaningful science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences exceptionally people from Columbia as they seek to 'win the future'.

The approval letter read as follows:
Dear Wayne Hicks,

The Walmart Foundation and Facility # 4379 are pleased to inform you that your organization has been selected to receive a grant through the Local Community Contribution/Hunger Outreach Grant Program in the amount of $2,000.00. We believe that your organization is doing important work to the communities you serve, and we are proud that we are able to support you in your efforts.

Your grant payment will be awarded to you by check, and it will be sent to the address listed in your grant application. Your grant check will be issued within the next few weeks and mailed to your organization as quickly as possible.

Thank you for the work your organization does to create opportunities so people can live better.

Sincerely,
The Walmart Foundation

BETF would like to aggressively approach the Walmart Foundation to support community initiatives where we have co-located BDPA chapters. Who wants to be next?

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