Foundation leaders often choose to give grants in cycles, as it can make it easier to manage and account for money. Other times of the year are dedicated to fundraising and administrative tasks. Of course, there are still more organizations that simply like to give, whatever the time of year.
That seems to be the case with the Walmart Foundation, which has been in the media a lot lately for its generosity. As always, the group's focuses are varied, and numerous nonprofit organizations have benefited.
Focusing in on Iowa
According to Business Record, in mid-September, the Walmart Foundation decided not to hone its donations in on a specific area like healthcare or the environment, but instead focus on a particular region.
The news source reported that the foundation gave money to three Central Iowa charities: Central Iowa Shelter & Services, the Food Bank of Iowa and the Iowa Workforce Development Foundation. In all, the Walmart Foundation extended $260,000 in grants.
Aiding veterans and their families
Also in mid-September, the Walmart Foundation gave a $5 million grant to Goodwill Industries International. They money will go to the Operation: GoodJobs initiative, which supplies veterans and their families the resources they need to find gainful employment, leading to financial wellness. These tools can include certifications, resume writing, career testing and other factors.
Using the money and best practices they've recognized in the last few years, Goodwill will be able to serve 4,000 families over the next three years.
Hispanic immigration programs funded by Walmart
To close out the month of September, administrators at the Walmart Foundation gave a total of $1.5 million to programs focused on integrating Hispanic immigrants into society. The funds will be split between the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the Hispanic Foundation.
With the grants from the Walmart Foundation, the two groups - the latter of which is working in conjunction with the League of United Latino American Citizens - will offer new immigrants access to English as a Second Language resources, civil and citizenship classes and the tools needed to go through the naturalization process.
Specifically, $1 million will go to the NCLR to help 15,000 individuals on their path to become citizens in various cities across the nation, from Los Angeles to New York.
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