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Donor of the Month: Walmart Foundation

Posted: January 11, 2017

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado is proud to receive a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program to assist with BBBSC’s newest mentoring program which targets children who are facing adversity – mentor2.0 in Denver and Colorado Springs. Specifically, this grant will positively impact the local community by supporting the expansion of the mentor2.0 program, a technology-enhanced, school-based mentoring program that ensures at-risk high school students have the support needed to graduate high school prepared for post-secondary education and the workforce.

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 2015, Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs, and the Walmart Foundation awarded $22.3 million in cash and in-kind donations to Colorado charities, including 14.6 million pounds of food donated to local food banks, which is the equivalent of 12.2 million meals. Earlier this year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $450,000 to 14 Colorado non-profit organizations to support programs that address hunger and food insecurity in communities throughout the state.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is thrilled to become a Walmart State Giving Program partner with Walmart. In addition to this funding, local Walmart stores in Denver and Colorado Springs have been generous sponsors of our programs and events. We are also thankful for Greg Antl, Walmart Store Manager, for his personal commitment and service to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado as Greg has served on our our Pikes Peak Advisory Board for multiple years.