California State PTA Announces Walmart Foundation Grant To Support the Engaging Emerging Leaders Program

Grant Will Help With Training and Skill-Building for Parents and Families

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 29, 2010 – During its 111th annual convention this weekend, the California State PTA will recognize the Walmart Foundation for its leadership and support. The Walmart Foundation’s California State Giving Program gave the California State PTA a $145,000 grant to support the PTA’s Engaging Emerging Leaders program.

The Walmart Foundation’s grant will support the PTA’s Engaging Emerging Leaders program efforts to provide parents and families tools to effectively advocate for their children and to lead local nonprofit PTAs dedicated to promoting the well-being of all children.

“The Walmart Foundation’s support is helping us to advance our mission of positively impacting the lives of all children, addressing the need for parental leadership in schools, and encouraging volunteerism,” said California State PTA President Jo A. S. Loss. “With Walmart stepping forward, we can help parents across California help their children, neighborhoods and communities through the Engaging Emerging Leaders program.”

The goal of the Engaging Emerging Leaders program is to equip the next generation of parent leaders with the skills and confidence they need to advocate for children. The program includes a series of activities that promote diverse and inclusive PTAs, expand opportunities for training and skill-building for all parents and families, and offer direct assistance and resources.

“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation understand that the greatest impact we can make on our communities is to support organizations that matter to our customers and associates in their neighborhoods,” said Kimberly Sentovich, Senior Vice President for Walmart’s Pacific Division. “The California State PTA is an integral part of every community in our state, and Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the shared mission in helping people live better lives.”

The California State PTA will acknowledge the Walmart Foundation during the Fifth General Session on Saturday, May 1 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

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About California State PTA
The California State PTA has nearly 1 million members throughout the state working on behalf of public schools, children and families, with the motto, "Every child, one voice." The PTA is the nation's oldest, largest and highest profile volunteer association working to improve the education, health and welfare of all children and youth. The PTA also advocates at national, state and local levels for education and family issues. The PTA is nonprofit, nonsectarian and noncommercial. For more information about the California State PTA, visit www.capta.org.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. The Walmart Foundation funds initiatives focused on education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. From Feb. 1, 2009 through Jan. 31, 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $512 million in cash and in-kind gifts globally, $467 million of which was donated in the U.S. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.