North Dakota Nonprofits Continue Providing Community-Enriching Services with Help From Walmart

$125,000 in grants from Walmart Foundation to fund vital programs across North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – March 4, 2014 – The Walmart Foundation’s North Dakota State Giving Program has awarded a total of $125,000 to four nonprofits across the state dedicated to serving residents through its core areas of giving: hunger relief & healthy eating, sustainability, career opportunity and women’s economic empowerment. Bismarck nonprofits receiving the grants include the Ronald McDonald House of Bismarck and Welcome House Inc.

“We are proud to partner with these outstanding organizations that make a huge impact in communities across North Dakota,” said Sharon Power, Walmart regional general manager for North Dakota. “We know that with support from the Walmart Foundation, these nonprofits will make positive strides to empower North Dakota residents and help them live better.

Twice a year, the Walmart Foundation’s North Dakota State Giving Program looks for organizations that address the needs of the communities they serve and make a significant social impact. The following nonprofits received a State Giving grant to fund vital local programs that have proven to help those in North Dakota live better. Nonprofit recipients in North Dakota include:

Ronald McDonald House of Bismarck has been awarded a $25,750 North Dakota State Giving grant to support its Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a dental clinic on wheels that delivers urgently needed dental care to underserved children ages 0 through 21 in their own neighborhoods in the western half of North Dakota.

This generous grant from the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program helps the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile bring desperately needed oral health care to underserved children in their own neighborhoods,” said Kathy Keiser, executive director. “These are children who would not otherwise see a dentist.  Thank you for helping us provide hope on wheels to children in western North Dakota.” 

Welcome House Inc. has been awarded $25,000 for their Bontjes Kitchen Table program. Welcome House Inc. provides short-term shelter and assistance in obtaining permanent housing to homeless individuals and families in the Bismarck/Mandan area.

Welcome House, Inc. is honored to be a recipient of the Walmart State Giving grant. The funds we received will assist us in acquiring the necessary equipment and space to provide meals to our families,” said Brenda Kriedeman, case manager. “Welcome House, Inc. will be opening our family shelter soon to provide much needed services for families experiencing homelessness. Our new facility will be able to provide emergency shelter for up to 10 families with children.”

Third Street Clinic received a $40,000 North Dakota State Giving grant for its clinic client services initiatives including primary care, emergency dental, vision and prescription services. Since 1989, Third Street Clinic has been providing access to health care services for low-income, uninsured residents for the greater Grand Forks community.

YWCA Cass Clay received a $34,250 grant to support its YWCA Economic Empowerment of Women initiative.

The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S. In the first half of last year, Walmart’s North Dakota State Giving Program granted $100,000 to two nonprofits: Ruth Meirs Hospitality House Inc. and AID Inc.

In 2012, in North Dakota, the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $3 million in cash and in-kind contributions as well as more than 1.3 million pounds of food, equivalent to more than 1.1 million meals. Additionally, in 2012, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation became the first partner of Feeding America to surpass 1 billion meals donated.

To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application. Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. North Dakota based nonprofits are encouraged to apply for Walmart State Giving Grants beginning April 2014. For more information, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/state-giving.

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