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Walmart gives $14 million in first round of funds promoting racial equity

The nonprofits that will share in the money include the American Heart Association, Student Freedom Initiative and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. File Photo by Ken Wolter/Shutterstock/UPI
The nonprofits that will share in the money include the American Heart Association, Student Freedom Initiative and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. File Photo by Ken Wolter/Shutterstock/UPI

Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Retailer Walmart announced on Monday that it has given more than $14 million to organizations nationwide that advocate for racial equity.

The money is the first round of payments related to Walmart's pledge last year, following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, to give $100 million over five years to benefit equity efforts.

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The company said it will give $14.3 million in grants through its Center for Racial Equity to nonprofits involved in health, education, civil rights, neighborhood development, the environment and economic equity.

"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," Kirstie Sims, senor director of the center, said in a statement.

The nonprofits that share in the money include the American Heart Association, Student Freedom Initiative, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and Echoing Green.

Walmart's $100 million commitment aims to address systemic racism and accelerate change.

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