Giving

We are committed to giving back to the communities we serve as well as helping small business owners through our philanthropic efforts.

Small Business Giving

Since 2011, Sam’s Club and the Sam’s Club Giving Program have invested more than $28 million in grants to help women, veteran and minority-owned businesses succeed through nonprofits dedicated to helping small business owners succeed.

Serving small business owners and entrepreneurs as members for more than 30 years, Sam’s Club launched the Small Business Economic Mobility Initiative in 2015 to respond to the national struggle for small business owners in low- to moderate-income communities to attain affordable loans and navigate the lending process. The philanthropic initiative provides a series of grants to national small business advocacy and non-profit organizations aimed at helping underserved business owners across the U.S.

Our goals include reaching one million small business owners with training and borrower education, enabling 5,000 micro and small business owners with the tools they need to obtain smart loan, unlocking $100 million in new capital and ultimately supporting 28,000 small business jobs across the U.S. by the end of 2019.

Community Giving

Strengthening Communities

Community giving is something we are very proud of at Sam’s Club. We believe we make the greatest difference by supporting causes that are important to our members and associates. We are so proud to offer local nonprofit organizations funds through our Community Grant Program. These grants are available year-round and range from $250 to $2,500. Eligible nonprofit organizations must operate on the local level (or be an affiliate/chapter of a larger organization that operates locally) and directly benefit the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding.

Our associates are also passionate about giving back through volunteerism. Our Volunteerism Always Pays or VAP program allows each of us to make a positive impact in the communities we serve, both through time and money. Through Volunteerism Always Pays, eligible organizations can also receive a monetary donation-based on the time our associates spend volunteering, to further support these organizations and their missions.

To apply for a Community Grant, please visit the Walmart Foundation website.

Enhancing Sustainability

Our commitment to giving also includes a desire to drive sustainability that positively impacts everyday individuals, and our planet. We have donated 64 million meals, and helped recycle over 496,000 tons of material that include cardboard, plastic, aluminum and food waste. These efforts combined with our support of small businesses contribute to a strong economy and healthy population.

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