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Wal-Mart: Supporting Our Communities and Making a Difference in People's Lives

“We’re keeping our commitment to be a responsible citizen.
Responsible citizenship means that we contribute to the charities and organizations in our communities.”
– Wal-Mart CEO H. Lee Scott, Jr.

At Wal-Mart, we are fully committed to giving back to our communities through the Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB Foundation. We believe each Wal-Mart store, SAM’S CLUB location and Distribution Center has a responsibility to contribute to the good of the local community, which is why in 2005, 90 percent of our charitable cash contributions were made at the local level. Our total charitable giving for 2004exceeded $170 million and in 2005, Wal-Mart donated more than $200 million to  help charities and organizations throughout the U.S. Indeed, we believe good…works.

Wal-Mart has been recognized by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as the largest corporate cash contributor in America. We helped more than 100,000 charitable organizations around the country in 2005 and gave back $547,945 each day, $22,831 every hour, $360 every minute and $6 every second of the year. These donations supported a variety of causes, such as child development, education, the environment and disaster relief. However, we know that giving back involves more than just giving money, which is why we encourage our associates to get involved in community programs that make a positive difference. In addition, our associates participate in numerous fundraising efforts through our Volunteerism Always Pays (VAP) program on behalf of local charitable causes. Our communities, our associates and our partners help us help others.

Praise From Our Communities for Our Good Work:

“I am writing on behalf of CAPS (Churchill Animal Protection Society) to thank Wal-Mart for its very generous donation given to us at their open house on Jan. 30...This will give potential adopters the chance to visit with dogs off the leash so that they can get a feel for the pet while making the decision whether to adopt him/her.” CAPS President Jennifer Williamson, “CAPS thanks community supporters,” Letter to the Editor, Lahontan Valley News, Feb. 8, 2006

“We have gifts from mecca -- from Arkansas -- from the Wal-Mart Corporation...Wal-Mart Foundation has come through and actually done something.” New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, “Wal-Mart donates $500,000 for N.O.,” New Orleans Times Picayune, Jan. 13, 2006

“This is an outstanding and much-appreciated project [Bikes or Bust]. Wal-Mart is using its considerable resources to assemble a team of businesses and the media to make Christmas brighter for thousands of families and to call attention to the continuing recovery efforts here in Biloxi and along the entire Gulf Coast.” Biloxi City Mayor A.J. Holloway, “Team Wal-Mart launches historic bike drive,” City of Biloxi Web site, Dec. 3, 2005

“They [Wal-Mart] have been so good to us. They give us donations every year for $1,000 to $1,500. I wish some of the other businesses would follow suit and help us out.” Fire Chief Tim Murray, “Wal-Mart makes donation to several EMS providers,” West Allegheny Record, Nov. 30 2005

“[Wal-Mart] has been very generous in this and a number of projects. The store assisted in an emergency pantry food drive earlier this year as well as the Army’s Apple Tree Book Bag program, which provided supplies to 330 Craven County students and 200 in Pamlico County.” Salvation Army representative Capt. Renee Lewis, “Salvation Army ready for Christmas,” New Bern Sun Journal, Nov. 18, 2005

Accolades for Philanthropic Contributions:

One of America’s Most Philanthropic Companies, Forbes, 2005
Top Corporate Givers, BusinessWeek, 2005
Most Admired Company in the United States, FORTUNE, 2003 and 2004
Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, 2004
Corporate Patriotism Award, 2004

Wal-Mart Contributes $1 Million or More to Various Organizations:

The American Cancer Society
The American Legion
The American Red Cross
The Boy Scouts of America
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Children’s Miracle Network
Girl Scouts of the USA
The National Council of La Raza
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
The National Minority Supplier Development Council
The Salvation Army
The United Negro College Fund
The United Way of America
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation