Center for Racial Equity

As part of Walmart’s larger efforts to address the drivers of systemic racism in society and accelerate change, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed $100 million over five years through's Center for Racial Equity. The Center has invested $35 million as of January 2022.

The center’s initiatives will fund research, advocacy, innovation of practices and tools, stakeholder convening and non-profit capacity building. The center will particularly focus on eradicating systematic disparities experienced by Black and African American communities in the United States.


The center seeks to complement and extend the societal impact of Walmart business initiatives to advance racial equity within four focus areas: finance, health, education and criminal justice. The work of the center extends the overarching philanthropic work of, which seeks to embed equity into all our investment portfolios.

We will seek to transform philanthropy by shifting power, privilege and access to resources to more equitably fund nonprofits led by people of color, specifically Black and African American leaders, and to encourage greater diversity at predominantly white nonprofits. As we shape the center’s vision and direction, we’re listening to the experts, our grantees, leading organizations and others to gain a better understanding of the issues.

Through our work across the business and the center, and in continued collaboration with our partners, we are identifying key systemic challenges and working to be an active part of the solution.

In June 2022, Walmart held our second annual Racial Equity Milestone Meeting where we shared the progress we've made – and plan to keep making – on the path to a more equitable society. Click here to watch some of the meeting's highlights and learn more about an example of our work in health.

Focus Areas

The center design includes a focus on four systems:

Applications are by invitation only for 501(c)(3) organizations (or equivalent organizations outside the U.S.) whose work directly relates to the above focus areas. Unsolicited proposals will not be accepted.


2022 Racial Equity Milestone Meeting

In June 2022, the Center for Racial Equity, the Global Office of Culture, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Constituent Relations held the second annual Racial Equity Milestone Meeting to share how Walmart and the Walmart Foundation advance racial equity through the business, philanthropy and by fostering strong relationships in local communities. Watch the meeting to learn more about our commitment.