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WalMart Foundation provides $110,000 grant to Second Harvest Food Bank

We almost went through the week without mentioning a major contribution by the Walmart Foundation Washington State Giving Program to Spokane's Second Harvest Food Bank.

The award of $110,000 will be used by Second Harvest to buy  a new semi-tractor, expected to help increase the nonprofit’s food distribution to 28 million pounds annually by 2016.

That award is one of several announced by the mammoth U.S. and global retailer. The Arkansas-based company announced it has awarded $750,000 in Washington state grants in 2012, including $375,000 to nine nonprofit organizations in the second half of 2012.

Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.

Walmart Foundation provides $140,000 to state YMCA chapters including Spokane

Spokane's YMCA is one of seven Washington state chapters that are sharing a combined $140,000 provided through The Walmart Foundation and its Washington State Giving Council for hunger relief.

The contributions were recently announced by Walmart, the nation's largest retailer. The money for the Y chapters are part of an ongoing campaign by the Arkansas-based company to support summer feeding programs in 300 urban and rural communities.

In case you only think negative things about Walmart, consider this: According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Walmart easily exceeds all other U.S. corporations in charitable giving.

According to its most recent list, Walmart tops the list with more than $342 million in giving in 2011. Second was Goldman Sachs with $337 million.

The Washington grants stem from research and studies suggesting that lower-income families often find themselves not providing their children nutritionally complete meals during warmer weather.

Across the entire state, Walmart this year is providing $172,000 to the Y chapters and other groups through its Summer Feeding initiative and another $125,000 through the Walmart State Giving Council, a separate state-specific foundation

Other YMCA  chapters receiving grants are in Auburn, Bothell, Everett, Seattle, Tacoma and Shoreline.

They will share a combined $115,000 Walmart Foundation grant and $25,000 State Giving Council grants to support youth lunch programs.

We found this at the Walmart.com charitable contributions link:

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are in the second year of a $2 billion cash and in-kind hunger relief campaign that extends through 2015. The Foundation’s contributions are strategically aimed at ending hunger for the 1 in 6 Americans that do not know where their next meal is coming from. As such, the Foundation seeks to fund initiatives that integrate hunger relief into our four focus areas (hunger/wellness; education; workforce development; environmental sustainability).

Which sites are the most liked and most disliked by business owners?

Website 99designs recently polled 1,500 small business owners, start-ups, entrepreneurs and design decision-makers on graphic design and its importance to their business.

The results make for a decent read. We feel a post is warranted since we also saw recent stories in the WSJ that suggest many businesses are now hungry not for MBAs, but people who are saavy in design and product development. (Story at WSJ.com may be behind a paid content wall.)

The survey results that are easiest to digest involve colors and popularity.

Namely, the survey asked for which colors owners associate with success. Answer: Blue most associated with succes. Fifty-seven percent said blue is their idea of success; the second most cited color is green (35%) followed by white (32%), black (29%) and red (21%). Purple was the color males least often associate with success, while women were least likely to select orange.

Then, on which brands are seen as having best logo and best website, the results are predictable:

  • Apple topped the lists for best logo and best website; also on the best logo were Nike, Coca-Cola and FedEx.
  • Most disliked logos and websites: Wal-Mart, Microsoft, Pepsi, IBM and Google.
  • Best websites: Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook and Nike.
  • Worst websites: Wal-Mart, Yahoo, Facebook, MySpace and Microsoft.

MySpace, really?  Who looks at MySpace?
  

Walmart to hire 170 for new Moscow store

Walmart plans to hire about 170 people to work at a new store opening this fall in Moscow. The retailer has opened a temporary hiring center at 672 W. Pullman Road in Moscow.

The hiring center will take applications 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Applicants also can apply online at http://walmartstores.com/Careers.

Walmart will hire full- and part-time associates in all areas of the new store, including supervisory positions, store manager Helena Probasco said.

Most new hires will begin in December to help prepare for the store's opening in January.

Moscow WalMart closing, workers to relocate to Pullman

MOSCOW, Idaho — WalMart announced it will be closing its Moscow location and transferring more than 200 employees to the Pullman super center, which is currently under construction.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports about 100 new employees also will be hired for the Pullman store.

Valley Walmart starts renovation

Spokane Valley’s Walmart store at 15727 E. Broadway has begun a facelift, company officials announced today.

Walmart moved into the store in 2002. A press release said the new design will feature a clean and brighter interior with wider aisles, low-profile shelves and easy to read signs.

The Bentonville, Ark., company has hired about 75 additional workers to help with the remodel, according to the release. The store will stay open thoughout the renovation, which is expected to finish in June. The work will largely be done overnight to avoid disrupting daytime shopping.

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