Three Central Ohio Organizations Receive Grants from Walmart Foundation

Retailer gives $200,000 to support Ohio non-profits

Columbus, OH – January 10, 2018 – Walmart and the Walmart Foundation today presented grants totaling $100,000 to three central Ohio non-profit organizations that work to help others live better. The grants were made available through the Foundation’s State Giving Council which is awarding grants totaling $200,000 to five non-profit organization this week.

Walmart representatives from central Ohio gathered at the Walmart Supercenter in Dublin to recognize the following organizations for their service to the community:

  • Lutheran Social Services CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence will receive a $31,000 grant to help domestic violence victims and their children with services in and outside of its shelter.
  • Canine Companions for Independence will receive a $25,000 grant to provide assistance dogs with people with disabilities and help them to live more independently.
  • The iBELIEVE Foundation will receive a $44,000 grant to purchase two vehicles to reach more youth in Appalachia with educational programs that teach leadership and problem-solving skills and ultimately close the college access gap that affects so many in this region.

"Helping organizations in our communities that help others is something that is very important to Walmart and the Walmart Foundation,” said Jeff Stone, Walmart Market Manager for central Ohio. “We recognize these organizations and the services they provide are essential to building stronger communities. We are proud to support their efforts to help families and individuals in need.”

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation look for organizations that address the needs of the communities they serve and make a significant social impact within Walmart’s core areas of giving: hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, workforce development and education.

“This generous grant from Walmart will support LSS CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence in helping victims and their children, both in and outside of our shelter, recover from the trauma of their abuse and gain independence and self-sufficiency so they can begin lives free from violence,” said Sue Villilo, CHOICES Executive Director.

“Canine Companions assistance dogs help people with disabilities to live fuller, more independent lives. Support from the Walmart Foundation helps to ensure that assistance dogs are provided free of charge to people with disabilities living in Ohio” said Megan Koester, Executive Director of Canine Companions for Independence’s North Central Region. “Our dogs open doors to new opportunities and help people with disabilities to become more engaged members of their local communities. We cannot thank the Walmart Foundation enough for providing the gift of independence to people with disabilities.”

"As a premier leadership organization, we are always working to expand available opportunities to impact our community,” said Patrick Klein, Founder and Executive Director of the iBELIEVE Foundation. “Support from the Walmart Foundation funds that initiative. With these resources, we will break boundaries to increase program accessibility for students in every Appalachian county of Ohio and West Virginia."

The nonprofit organizations that were recognized at other local events across the state include:

  • Freestore Foodbank in Cincinnati received a $60,000 to purchase a truck that will be used to deliver more fresh produce to partner food pantries throughout the region.
  • Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Agency received a $40,000 grant to replace the roof of the agency’s Choice Food Pantry. The agency will also use funds to purchase a box truck to enable the agency to provide fresh foods more efficiently to the low-income families of Fairfield County.

The contributions were made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Ohio State Giving Program which awards grants to organizations that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S. 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. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at


About Philanthropy at Walmart

By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. Walmart has stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.3 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Through our philanthropy, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit

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