Walmart, Walton Foundation Commit $2.5 Million to Advance DEI Efforts

Walmart, Walton Foundation Commit $2.5 Million to Advance DEI Efforts

The Walmart Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation have announced a nearly $2.5 million initiative in support of efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in northwest Arkansas.

The funds will support TRUE Northwest Arkansas, a three-year, community-based initiative aimed at advancing DEI in Benton and Washington counties. To be coordinated and led by the Arkansas Community Foundation, the initiative will include the training of two cohorts of local diversity "champions" in 2019 and 2020; the publication of a report on the state of inclusion based on an anonymous online survey; the provision of capacity-building assistance to up to ten organizations; and outreach to communities in the region through an advisory council comprising local business, education, faith, health, and social services leaders.

"Growing up in Bentonville, my family experienced first hand all our hometown has to offer," said Tom Walton, chair of the Walton Family Foundation's Home Region Program. "TRUE Northwest Arkansas will help our growing community ensure newcomers and longtime residents are welcomed and have access to all the opportunities available in this region."

"Northwest Arkansas is a vibrant, diverse community where many of us are privileged to live," said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Walmart. "The TRUE initiative will strengthen partnerships among local leaders and organizations to foster an even more inclusive and empathic community."

(Photo credit: TRUE Northwest Arkansas)

"Walmart Foundation, Walton Family Foundation Partner on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative." Walmart Foundation, Walton Family Foundation Press Release 08/20/2018.