Paper Trail: Where Wal-Mart donated in 2010

By Jonathan O'Connell
Monday, December 20, 2010

Wal-Mart may have only recently announced plans to open stores in the District, but the company's charitable foundation has been an active funder of local nonprofits for the past few years. Nationally, the company's foundation focuses on giving in four main areas: education, workforce development/economic opportunity, environmental sustainability and health and wellness. The company and the foundation recently announced an additional focus on fighting hunger, with a pledge to spend $2 billion by 2015 to support hunger relief in America.

Locally, Wal-Mart's giving has closely reflected those priorities. At the same time, the company is using its charitable activities to drum up support for its expansion into the city. As it convenes meetings in the four neighborhoods where it plans to open stores, Wal-Mart representatives hand out a description of the company's local philanthropic activities to date, including details on $2 million support the company made in fiscal 2010 year alone. And foundation officials held a meeting last week with some of its local grantees to ask what more it could be doing.

Here is the company's handout detailing a portion of its local giving, from a meeting it held near the site of a store planned for New York Avenue NE.

Workforce Development and Economic Opportunity: $454,860

Greater Washington Urban League $50,000

Latino Economic Development Corp. $40,000

D.C. Central Kitchen $75,000

Latin American Youth Center YouthBuild Public Charter School $64,860

Hannah House $10,000

Urban Ed Inc. $25,000

Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region $25,000

Family Matters $150,000

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