Saturday, August 20, 2011

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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