Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
We seek to understand and address the systemic inequities of underrepresented groups, particularly barriers that prevent them from overcoming social and environmental challenges in the communities where they live and work.
At Walmart, we believe we are best equipped to help our associates, customers and the communities we serve live better when we really know them. That means understanding, respecting and valuing diversity – unique styles, experiences, identities, ideas and opinions – while being inclusive of all people. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion extends beyond the walls of our company and out into the communities where our customers and associates live and work.
We think about diversity, equity and inclusion in each of our giving portfolios. For example, in looking at programs that advance smallholder farmer livelihoods, we focus our funding on programs that help address women’s inclusion and empowerment. We ask about the design of projects and disaggregating data to understand any disproportionate impacts on program participants.
Our Focus Areas
Through investments in job training programs and college access, Walmart.org is investing in the next generation of talent.
The Walmart Foundation has a nearly 10-year relationship with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). In 2018, Walmart Foundation made a $500,000 grant to support UNCF’s Institute for Capacity Building (ICB), which provides resources to enhance the sustainability and success of UNCF’s 37-member, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Through ICB, member institutions receive technical assistance, professional development, programming and grant support to improve their institutional effectiveness, fiscal management and accreditation preparation strategies.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, women and minority small business owners have a difficult time accessing the capital they need to grow and sustain their businesses. Our philanthropy works to address this problem.
In 2017, Walmart Foundation made a $1.2 million grant to Small Business Majority to expand Venturize, an online portal with tools and information to help connect small firms with approved lenders and business assistance providers that want to see America’s small businesses succeed. The Venturize platform was designed to empower all businesses, especially those who have the most difficulty accessing affordable financing—minority, women and younger entrepreneurs.
Walmart.org is committed to building stronger, more resilient and inclusive communities. One approach we are taking is building capacity of organizations working in local communities.
In 2017, Walmart Foundation made a $500,000 grant to support the National Urban League’s “Project Empower U University,” a program comprised of a series of capacity-building trainings to 30 of the Urban League’s local affiliates. This program builds on a longstanding partnership between Walmart Foundation and the National Urban League to deliver more integrated services to improve the economic outcomes for individuals from predominantly low-income communities of color.
Requests for applications in this area are by invitation or in response to an annual RFP process with the goal to source new ideas and approaches to address the most persistent disparities experienced by communities.
We routinely publish RFPs throughout the year. Please visit our website to view a list of open RFPs.