Walmart Provides Greater Access to Opportunities, Helps African Americans Pursue Higher Education, Job Training and Placement

  Walmart Provides Greater Access to Opportunities, Helps African Americans
  Pursue Higher Education, Job Training and Placement

 $1.75 million in grants to three leading nonprofits help students and adults
                            in 20 U.S. communities

Business Wire

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- February 24, 2014

Today, Walmart furthers its commitment to provide greater access to
opportunities across 20 U.S. communities with the announcement of $1.75
million in grants from the Walmart Foundation to three of the nation’s leading
nonprofit organizations: National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP), National Urban League (NUL) and United Negro College Fund
(UNCF). The grant to UNCF will fund a program to help assure historically
black colleges and universities (HBCUs) continue as a source of quality
degrees for African American students. In addition, the grants to NUL and
NAACP will fund programs to help individuals receive the support they need to
secure and build meaningful careers through training and placement assistance,
and help businesses create more job opportunities.

There is an increase in demand today for diverse talent in the workforce,
according to the inaugural Diversity Jobs Index and Report from the
Professional Diversity Network, Inc. To meet this demand, Walmart continues to
help African Americans access career opportunities through work with strategic
partners and by fostering diversity and inclusion among its associates and

“With today’s economic climate there is a growing need to empower individuals
in communities nationwide with access to opportunities that will help them
live better. Part of this work will come from helping businesses understand
and unlock the powerful results that a more diverse workforce has to offer,”
said Tony Waller, senior director, corporate affairs, Walmart. “By helping one
individual at a time build a successful career, we are growing a more
competitive work environment. A competitive environment ignites innovation,
which helps build stronger communities and, ultimately, a stronger America.”

“Since 2006, we have been able to increasingly grow our workforce training
program through ongoing support from the Walmart Foundation and subsequently
have exceeded expectations of the number of individuals we’ve been able to
serve,” said Marc H. Morial, president and chief executive officer of the
National Urban League. “This new grant will help us further strengthen our
workforce development programs, and continue helping African Americans and
other communities of color across the United States secure economic
independence and empowerment.”

The Walmart Foundation grant of $500,000 to UNCF will help 16 historically
black colleges and universities achieve long-term financial stability so they
can continue providing African American students with access to higher
education. In addition, a $1 million grant to NUL and a $250,000 grant to
NAACP will fund programs to provide career counseling and job placement
support, and help businesses evaluate current hiring policies.

Learn more about the Walmart commitment to career opportunities. For more
information about the Walmart Foundation visit

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 & Healthy Eating, 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.
Together, they have donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across
the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit


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