Two South Dakota Nonprofits Receive $50,000 from Walmart Foundation

Nonprofits will provide food assistance and empower residents through educational programs

RAPID CITY, S.D. – March 12, 2014 – The Walmart Foundation’s South Dakota State Giving Program has awarded $50,000 to two nonprofits dedicated to serving residents through its core areas of giving: hunger relief & healthy eating, sustainability, career opportunity and women’s economic empowerment. South Dakota nonprofits including Rapid City’s One Spirit and Mission’s Teach for America Inc. were among those to receive grants.

We believe in giving back to organizations that keep communities thriving,” said Sharon Power, Walmart regional general manager for South Dakota. “We look forward to seeing ONE Spirit continue to make significant strides in fighting hunger in Rapid City and Teach for America better the lives of families and children in Mission by providing educational services.”

Twice a year, the South Dakota State Giving Program looks for organizations throughout the state that address the needs of the communities they serve and make a significant social impact. The following nonprofits received a State Giving grant to fund vital local programs that have proven to help those in South Dakota live better. Nonprofit recipients include:

ONE Spirit has been awarded a $25,000 Walmart Foundation South Dakota State Giving grant to support its ONE Spirit Food program in Rapid City. ONE Spirit and the Lakota people have joined efforts to bring an end to hunger and diet related disease by providing fresh fruit, vegetables and meat to families and elders in need.

The generous grant from the Walmart Foundation has made it possible for more than 3,000 Lakota parents, children and elders to have food this winter.  We have also been able to purchase a freezer that will be part of a food bank that can help to ensure that children no longer go to school hungry and that parents and elders do not have to do without food so the children can eat,” said Jeri Baker, director of ONE Spirit. “We are deeply grateful to the Walmart Foundation for making it possible.” 

Teach for America Inc. received a $25,000 Walmart Foundation South Dakota State Giving grant to sustain the program’s expansion efforts in the state. Teach for America recruits committed recent college graduates and professionals of all backgrounds to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools.

We’re so grateful for Walmart’s leadership in supporting Teach For America corps members and alumni in South Dakota as they work alongside families, community leaders and other committed educators to ensure that Native students have access to an excellent education in their home community,” said Jim Curran, executive director of Teach For America in South Dakota. “The Walmart Foundation’s generous gift enables Teach For America to recruit, train and support a pipeline of talented and diverse teacher leaders that are committed to student achievement rooted in culturally responsive instruction.”

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 the first half of last year, Walmart’s South Dakota State Giving Program granted $175,000 to two South Dakota nonprofits: Feeding South Dakota and Youth and Family Services Inc.

In 2012, in South Dakota, the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $3.5 million in cash and in-kind contributions as well as more than 1.6 million pounds of food, equivalent to more than 1.3 million meals. Additionally, in 2012, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation became the first partner of Feeding America to surpass 1 billion meals donated.

To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application. Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. South Dakota based nonprofits are encouraged to apply for Walmart State Giving Grants beginning April 2014. For more information, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/state-giving.


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