Walmart is standing on its word to fight against racial disparities in the U.S.
On Monday Feb. 1, the retail giant announced that Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will distribute the first $14.3 million of its $100 million commitment in June. Grants will be dispersed to 16 various nonprofit organizations.
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“Walmart has made a commitment to advancing racial equity, finding areas where we, as a company, can best contribute our resources and expertise to change society’s systems that perpetuate racism and discrimination,” said senior director of the Walmart.org Center for Racial Equity, Kirstie Simms. “We are excited to announce our initial investment to these deserving nonprofits that help advance racial equity through their organizations every day.”
The center’s mission is to extend while also complementing the societal impact of Walmart’s business initiatives in an effort to advance racial equity in the nation’s health, financial, education, and criminal justice systems.
Recipients of the first grant distributions include American Heart Association (AHA), Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund ($5 million), U.S. Vaccine Adoption Grants ($2.75 million), Student Freedom Initiative (SFI) ($1 million), Harlem Children’s Zone ($500,000), Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change ($100,000), and more.
To learn more about the Walmart Center for Racial Equity, click here.