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Education means something different to everyone. Being part of a family of educators, early on, I understood that education can open doors to opportunity. But growing up in a mixed-race family on the U.S.-Mexico border, I also saw firsthand the numerous barriers to opportunity within the education system – particularly for Black and African Americans. And for the working adults around me, those barriers were even bigger. As a society, we have not paid enough attention to the factors that hold people back and the part our education system plays in these barriers.
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Bentonville, Ark. Oct. 21, 2021 – The Walmart Foundation and Walton Family Foundation are supporting the efforts of Northwest Arkansas nonprofits to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive region. Grants to the University of Arkansas Foundation will allow the IDEALS Institute to provide 100 organizations with professional development, technical assistance and relationship-building opportunities. IDEALS will implement these efforts as the lead of TRUE Northwest Arkansas, a community-based initiative launched in 2018 to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in Benton and Washington counties.
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Being raised in Southwest Detroit in the 1990s, I could define the relationship between the community and the criminal justice system in one word: traumatic. Growing up, I saw that each father, brother, sister or mother who entered the criminal justice system signified a loss for my community. One more person in the criminal justice system meant one fewer person who would graduate from college, start their career, raise their children or discover their talent. Each loss of a family member, friend and coworker dealt a blow to the community’s potential.
As our associates, customers and members continue to feel the impact of Hurricane Ida – and several other natural disasters across the country – Walmart and Sam's Club are launching a campaign to support the American Red Cross at registers and self-checkout stations in Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs nationwide. Between Sept. 2-8, we’ll match customer donations dollar-for-dollar up to $5 million or until the campaign ends, for a total contribution of up to $10 million.
The challenges of the past year have exacerbated inequities around the world and caused many of us in philanthropy to reflect on how we can change our own ways of working to be more effective partners in transforming societal systems for equity.
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Walmart Joins the Response To Support Veterans, Afghan Refugees. Many of the decisions we make at Walmart require us to ask a host of complicated questions. But occasionally, we find ourselves in a position to ask one simple question: How can we help?
As part of this commitment, Massmart delivered an initial consignment of 90 tons of food to Gift of the Givers and FoodForward SA to replenish their warehouses.
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On June 5, 2020, I sat at my desk and watched as Doug McMillon made a commitment to use Walmart’s scale and resources to address the drivers of systemic racism in society and accelerate change in the national social systems. As a 20-year associate, and a Black woman, it was one of the most exciting moments of my Walmart career. Though he has long been a champion of diversity, it was clear that the murder of George Floyd had impacted and changed him, as it has done for so many.
12 minority and/or women-led organizations receive funding from the American Heart Association’s Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund
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