Retail Gives Back: How Best Buy, Target, Walmart Helped Those In Need In 2017

2017 may have given the retail industry its fair share of bruises, but that didn’t deter retailers from giving back to those in need. While Walmart and Rite Aid focused their charitable efforts on those affected by the devastating natural disasters in the U.S. and Mexico, others, including Target and the Container Store, focused on today’s youth. Ace Hardware and Belk were among the retailers that took a localized approach, empowering individual stores and their customers to select charities that work effectively in their communities.

Read on to learn how these and other retailers gave back in 2017.

Ace Hardware Achieves 98% Philanthropy Participation Rate

Every year, Ace Hardware is committed to giving back to the communities it serves and even conducts an annual survey to gauge each store’s philanthropic efforts. In 2017, the retailer revealed that 98% of stores that participated donated money, products or services to nonprofit or charitable organizations or causes. The types of organizations the retailers and its employees helped included veterans’ organizations, youth education and advocacy programs, local business commerce organizations and more.

Belk Builds Home, Launches Localized Charitable Initiative

Over the holidays, department store retailer Belk partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a family in need. The company asked for donations from customers and each store was responsible for raising the funds for an area in the home, such as the kitchen or bedroom. Belk and its customers raised $320,000 and the family received the special news during the Belk Bowl on Dec. 29, 2017.

Additionally, at the end of 2017, the retailer announced Belk: Project Hometown, a $15 million commitment over the next five years to organizations that support their hometowns and local communities.

Rite Aid Foundation Helps Wildfire Victims, Kids In Need

December 2017 was a giving time for the Rite Aid Foundation, which made hefty donations to the American Red Cross and KidCents. The organization helped victims, families and communities in Southern California following the devastating wildfires there with a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross. The donation was used to help shelter, feed and provide comfort to those impacted by the disaster.

Additionally, Rite Aid Foundation awarded $2.2 million to its partner charities through its KidCents Holiday Wishes program. The KidCents charities were asked to pick the wish they felt would have the most impact for those they serve. More than 440 charities participated in the KidCents program, and each received a $5,000 grant to help make a holiday wish of their choice come true. Organizations and their wishes include:

  • Miracle Babies, San Diego, Calif. — The nonprofit organization, which provides education, support and financial assistance to families with critically ill newborns, created holiday care packages for 500 parents.
  • The Children’s Village, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. — The nonprofit organization, which provides innovative residential and community-based programs to at-risk children, teens and families, is creating a new game room for the 300 kids who live at the facility.
  • Northeast Youth Center, Spokane, Wash. — The youth center, which offers educational and…