Walmart Foundation: Fundraising for Disasters & Refugees

OVERVIEW: The Walmart Foundation’s global grantmaking for disasters focuses on strengthening disaster response and resiliency infrastructure, building capacity in the field, and bringing leaders together to share best practices.

IP TAKE: While international disaster relief aid is available to large organizations, the foundation predominately gives to U.S. organizations. The foundation does award grants to grassroots organizations, but they may have a more difficult time getting noticed. 

PROFILE: The Walmart Foundation gives out many grants to many recipients, and a fair number of those grants are for disaster-relief-funding funding. Grants are awarded through the foundation’s International Giving program, which also prioritizes giving to women’s economic empowerment, hunger and nutrition, and environmental sustainability.  

Walmart’s disaster-related largesse is somewhat ad hoc and its International Giving program doesn’t accept unsolicited proposals. The foundation awards global grants only in the areas in which the company operates and those grants are managed via local giving programs.

Grantseekers can reasonably expect the foundation’s global disaster grantmaking to have much of the same focus as Walmart’s U.S. based giving, which supports funding to strengthen disaster response and resiliency infrastructure, build capacity in the field, and bring leaders together to share best practices. Grant amounts can range from a few hundred dollars to in the millions. Most grants, however, fall somewhere in the $25,000 to $150,000 range.

The foundation gives out larger contributions in the form of “in-kind” donations, such as food and medical supplies. If you have a local organization and need substantial assistance, you may consider requesting "in-kind" donations. Alternatively, you’re going to have to wait until the affected area no longer presents an immediate or emergent need for disaster relief, and then request a non-disaster-related grant contribution for community development of some form or another.

PEOPLE:

  • Kathleen McLaughlin, Senior Vice President Chief Sustainability Officer, and President of the Walmart Foundation 
  • Kabir Kumar, Senior Director

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