Walmart announced this week that it will give $1.75 million in grants to three organizations in an effort to help African-Americans pursue higher education, job training and placement.
The Walmart Foundation will provide grants to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Urban League (NUL) and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), according to Tony Waller, senior director of corporate affairs at the big-box corporate giant headquartered in Bentonville, Ark.
“With today’s economic climate there is a growing need to empower individuals in communities nationwide with access to opportunities that will help them live better,” said Waller. “By helping one individual at a time build a successful career, we are growing a more competitive work environment. A competitive environment ignites innovation, which helps build stronger communities and, ultimately, a stronger America.”
Marc H. Morial, president and chief executive officer of the Urban League, said that the funds from Walmart will enable the New York-based organization founded in 1910 to expand its services throughout the country.
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