Walmart Celebrates Local Non-Profit Organizations in Southern Colorado

Colorado Springs, CO – On February 6, Walmart hosted its annual community celebration event and dinner recognizing the 2014 philanthropic grants of $496,000 that have been given to local non-profit organizations throughout Southern Colorado. Each of these organizations has received a grant either through the Walmart Foundation’s Colorado State Giving Program or store level community grants. Each organization as well as local community dignitaries, with city officials and Walmart representatives were in attendance.

“It’s our responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities we serve. We are proud to celebrate more than 50 years of community involvement and giving,” said Gary Peacock, Walmart market manager. “We recognize the 2014 Southern Colorado grant recipients that share our mission in helping people live better to create stronger communities in which they serve.”

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation award grants to local organizations that address the needs of the communities they serve and make a significant social impact.

 Store Grant Recipients:

Colorado USO
Opportunity for Change
El Paso County “Feed the Children”
Partners in Change
El Paso Homeless Veterans Coalition

Southern Colorado Animal Rescue

Eastern Plains Community Pantry
Special Olympics

Hillside Community Center

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
KPC Respite 
The Tears Foundation
Marian House Soup Kitchen
TwoCor Projects

                   


State Giving Recipients:

Care and Share Food Bank
Operation Homefront
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region
Posada
Colorado Farm to Table
REACH Pikes Peak
Colorado Springs Ecumenical Social Ministries

Tri-Lakes Cares

Kids in Need of Dentistry
University of Colorado Foundation

In the last calendar year, the Walmart Foundation and stores throughout the state awarded $19.3 million in cash and in-kind contributions to community organizations that are positioned to address the needs of Colorado communities and make a significant social impact within Walmart’s core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment.

In addition, total giving in Colorado last calendar year, including customer donations, totaled $21 million. During that same year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave $1.3 billion in cash and in-kind contributions around the world, surpassing the previous year’s total by more than $244 million. Global in-kind donations accounted for $1 billion, while $316.3 million was given in cash globally.

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.  Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that draw on the strengths of Walmart in the arenas of sustainability, economic opportunity, and community. As part of our commitment to creating a more sustainable food system worldwide, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States. They recently exceeded a $2 billion goal to fight hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.

 

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