Just some information on Wal-Mart contributions to community.
"We believe that community concerns are best addressed in our local communities. Our grassroots style of giving enables our Associates to identify and support organizations that are improving the quality of life right in their local communities. We empower our Associates to determine the best ways for our Stores, SAM'S CLUBS and Distribution Centers to be involved locally. Consequently, our stores, clubs and DC Associates in their own communities direct the vast majority of our funding initiatives.
Wal-Mart's community involvement approach is a unique one. Associates combine financial and volunteer support to assist organizations in making a positive difference. Many of our community involvement programs require and encourage our Associates to be directly involved with community non-profit organizations and their projects. When we support national causes, we require that funds stay in the local community to benefit the area where they are raised.
What We Fund
Our associates and customers know where Wal-Mart can help the most, and we take great pride in getting involved and seeing the results of our efforts in person.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. contributed $150 million to support communities and local non-profit organizations. Customers and associates raised an additional $60 million at our stores and clubs. They accomplished this by organizing fundraisers and making grants to organizations that are making a difference in their communities. Some of our giving achievements for last year include:
More than $85 million in community grants. We empower our associates to direct their charitable giving to the causes and organizations that are most important in their community. Through fundraising events initiated at stores and clubs, the Wal-Mart/SAM’S CLUB Foundation is able to match most funds raised by each location. More than 60,000 grants were awarded to local non-profit groups through our Matching Grant program in 2003.
$206 million to local United Way chapters since 1983 The Wal-Mart/SAM’S CLUB Foundation matches associate payroll deductions and presents a gift to their local United Way. In 2003, local United Way chapters received almost $22 million.
More than $293 million in 16 years for Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is the No. 1 corporate sponsor of Children’s Miracle Network. Our associates raised more than $28 million for Children’s Miracle Network in 2003. Every dollar raised by each Wal-Mart store, SAM'S CLUB and distribution/transportation facility throughout the year is distributed to a CMN-affiliated hospital that serves the associate’s local community. Children’s Miracle Network hospitals treat over 17 million children in North America each year who face life- threatening illness and injury.
$1.8 million in Environmental Grants in 2003 alone. Every location awards an environmental grant of $500 to a local school for recycling programs, clean-up initiatives, or to start an environmental science project.
$80 million in scholarships since 1979. Every store and club awards a $1,000 Sam Walton Community Scholarship to two college-bound high school seniors. In addition, the company offers scholarships to associates and their dependents. Last year, over $5.7 million in scholarships was awarded to deserving students. In 2003, Education-related giving totaled more $40 million.
$3.2 million in Volunteerism Always Pays grants. Grants for community organizations are available to Wal-Mart associates who volunteer their time to local non-profit organizations like schools, 501(c)3 groups and faith-based organizations. In 2003, our associates volunteered over 852,000 hours of their time to charitable organizations. If you consider that a year has 8,760 hours, then that means our associates have logged a combined total of over 97 years of volunteer time in 2003 alone!
What Is Eligible?
501(c)3 organizations - The agency must be in good standing with the IRS and will be verifi ed electronically through the IRS website.
Schools - Public, parochial and private. (501(c)3 guideline restrictions may apply.)
Religious Organizations - Our funding is directed to projects whose activities impact the general community, not a single group.
Government Agencies - A funding confirmation letter from government body may be requested.
Civic and Veterans Groups - Organizations must have a valid 501(c)4 or 501(c)19 tax id number. Funds must be used for a project benefiting the community."