The Refuge Network Receives $25,000 from the Walmart

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 at 7:37 am

CAMBRIDGE, Minnesota, February 1, 2010 – The Refuge Network received a $25,000 contribution to help the nonprofit provide its free and confidential services to victims of domestic abuse.  The grant – which was given to the nonprofit organization through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program – will work to provide services for more than 1,500 women and children each year who are involved or have been involved in an abusive relationship.

Walmart will present the Refuge Network with a $25,000 check at the Cambridge Walmart (2101 Second Avenue SE) Thursday, February 4 at 10 a.m.

“We believe that no one deserves to be abused, and with the help of generous contributions such as Walmart’s, we are able to continue to provide services that help keep people safe,” said Roxie Karelis, executive director of the Refuge Network.

The Refuge Network plans to use the donation to provide its free and confidential services, such as 24-hour crisis intervention, an emergency shelter, advocacy, support groups, and a school-based violence prevention curriculum.

“The Walmart Foundation is very pleased to be supporting the Refuge Network and are committed to helping those in need in the communities where we serve,” said Lisa B. Nelson, senior manager of public affairs and government relations for Walmart.  “Through this grant, we are hopeful that residents in the state of Minnesota will benefit from these important services.”

The contribution to the Refuge Network was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Minnesota State Giving Program.  Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better.  The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

Last year in Minnesota, Walmart, Sam’s Club locations and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $485,000 to local organizations.

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

From February 2008 through January 2009, Walmart and its domestic and international Foundations awarded more than $423 million in cash and in-kind gifts, an $85.6 million increase over its global giving in the previous year.  Walmart’s FYE 2009 giving breakdown:

·        In the U.S., Walmart gave more than $378 million in cash and in-kind gifts, up from $296 million in 2007.

·        In international markets, Walmart gave $45.5 million in cash and in-kind gifts, up from $41 million in 2007.

·        Globally, Walmart’s customers and associates gave more than $106 million through in-store giving programs that benefit local charities.

·        In total, Walmart, its Foundations, its customers and its associates supported communities around the globe with nearly $530 million in charitable contributions during FYE 2009.

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