Walmart Provides $1 Million to Louisiana Flood Relief Fund

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Walmart Provides $1 Million to Louisiana Flood Relief Fund

 

At the end of August, Walmart Foundation President Kathleen McLaughlin noted on Twitter that the Walmart Foundation and Walmart were going to contribute an additional $1 million to their Louisiana flood relief fund to help support a number of charities providing direct disaster relief to Louisiana flood victims. The charitable organizations include Team Rubicon, Convoy of Hope, and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Previously, Walmart had donated $500,000 in the form of cash and in-kind donations to their Louisiana flood relief fund. The total $1.5 million will be used by the organizations working with Walmart to purchase, transport, and deliver food, cleaning supplies, water, and critical household items to Louisiana locals still recovering from the August floods. McLaughlin noted that Walmart is dedicated to providing relief to the people of Louisiana. “We have been working closely with non-profit partners, first responders, elected officials, and government organizations to learn how we can use our strengths to help,” she said. Walmart’s disaster relief efforts aren’t exactly new: over the last decade, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated over $56 million in in-kind donations and cash to disaster relief efforts and relief funds across the globe.

Walmart’s sizable financial and in-kind donation to its Louisiana flood relief fund highlights a new trend in corporate social responsibility. Companies like Walmart recognize that, by providing disaster relief during times of need, they’re building important relationships with their customer bases, showcasing that they care about the individuals that support their overall business efforts. Walmart has also provided support to Good360 as we work with communities impacted by the flood throughout the long-term recovery. To date, Good360 has provided more than $900,000 worth of needed goods to responding nonprofits in Louisiana. Companies interested in supporting the ongoing recovery of Louisiana flood survivors should consider donating to our Louisiana flood relief campaign. Our corporate partners, such as UPS Walmart, Red Wing Shoes, Hain Celestial and more, have been especially generous with their donations, and Good360 is working hard to bring relief to the people of Louisiana.

 

Sources: http://news.walmart.com/2016/08/19/walmart-and-the-walmart-foundation-announce-additional-1-million-towards-louisiana-flood-relief-efforts
 

 

 

Shabab Gruberg is the President of Good360. He developed the largest online product philanthropy platform, GivingPlace, connecting charities, companies, and people who care. Think 4 million diapers, 10,000 mattresses, and 8,000 cartons of apparel in 2014 alone. His passion is solving problems, and there is no problem too big or small. He has consulted over 150 nonprofits, optimizing their business development, developed a system and process to take off-line medical offices online over a weekend, and spent years teaching community college students Linux.
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