The event recognized the community engagement efforts of three nonprofit organizations — Boise Art Museum and the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, in addition to IdahoPTV — with a total of $90,000 to support educational endeavors.
The award to IdahoPTV will support the production of Science Trek, a web-based series of science videos for students; STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education; a young writers and illustrators contest; and an annual overnight science camp.
“I cannot express my thanks enough to the Walmart Foundation and Walmart’s employees for their support of Science Trek and our outreach efforts,” said producer Joan Cartan-Hansen. “Science Trek’s mission is to inspire Idaho’s elementary-age students about the wonders of science and support our state’s educators and parents with quality educational materials. This grant helps fund the Science Trek camp at the Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University and many of our other educational outreach efforts. These can only happen because of wonderful partners like Walmart!”
During the presentation, Tory Nichols, Walmart’s market manager for the Treasure Valley, explained how the grant winners were determined. “Walmart has a state giving council that determines the recipients of roughly $250,000 a year,” he said. “The council is made up of a broad selection of hourly Walmart associates and leaders from across the state. They take grant applications and then decide where we’re going to contribute our state giving money. This is in addition to the giving budget that each individual store has to help schools, churches, and nonprofits within their local community.”
Earlier in the year, the Walmart Foundation granted awards totaling $141,000 to four Idaho nonprofits in support of mobile food banks and other charitable meal projects as part of their “Fighting Hunger” campaign. Throughout 2017, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have granted more than $5.4 million in funds and in-kind contributions to Idaho nonprofits, according to a statement from the Walmart Foundation.