Awarded as part a five-year, $100 million commitment by the company, the grants include support for sixteen organizations working to advance racial equity in financial, health, criminal justice, and education systems. Through its US Vaccine Adoption Grants initiative, the foundation awarded grants totaling $2.75 million to organizations working to increase education, outreach, and awareness of COVID-19 vaccines; the grantees include the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, and Interfaith Youth Core. In the area of education, the foundation awarded $1 million to the Student Freedom Initiative, which works to reduce education loan debt for students majoring in STEM fields at historically black colleges and universities; and $500,000 to the Harlem Children's Zone to operationalize the Take on Race Coalition's 1 Million Connected Devices Initiative. Additional grants include $2 million to the Local Initiatives Support Corporation in support of Chicago Project 10X, a strategy to advance racial equity in the areas of health, wealth, and opportunity, and $1 million to Association of Black Foundation Executives.
"Walmart has made a commitment to advancing racial equity, finding areas where we, as a company, can best contribute our resources and expertise to change society's systems that perpetuate racism and discrimination," said Center for Racial Equity senior director Kirstie Sims. "We are excited to announce our initial investment to these deserving nonprofits that help advance racial equity through their organizations every day."
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