Walmart Giving in Last Fiscal Year Exceeds $1 Billion for the First Time

In North Carolina Walmart Provided $44,707,013.90 to Charitable Organizations

During Last Fiscal Year

 

Raleigh, NC April 23, 2013 – 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 North Carolina Walmart gave more than 44,000,000.00 supporting nonprofits like Food Banks, Community In Schools and Support Military Spouses.

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“In 2012, Walmart stores, Sam’s Club locations, and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $1,325,000 in cash and in-kind donations local organizations in the communities they serve in North Carolina. The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina also received 4.8 million pounds of food through retail recovery at Walmart store in fiscal year 2011-2012.”

Jennifer Caslin, Coordinator of Marketing, Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

 

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 North Carolina, Walmart donated 21,062,443 of food to local food banks—nearly 17,553,026 in the last fiscal year, contributing to the 351 million meals contributed to local food banks across America.

 

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
  • o More than 351 million meals to local food banks through Feeding America
  • o $1.9 million in grants to Share Our Strength to provide 122,000 families the skills and resources needed to prepare healthy, affordable meals
  • o Our stores and clubs gave $4.9 million toward first responders, including nearly $3 million toward local law enforcement
  • o $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.

 

For a state-by-state breakdown of giving, or more information about the Walmart Foundation, visit http://foundation.walmart.com.

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About Philanthropy at Walmart

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 1 billion million meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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