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November 11, 2015

Walmart Foundation Awards UMass Foundation $25K To Support the Center of Excellence for Veterans

  • Boston

The University of Massachusetts Foundation today announced a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to support the new Center of Excellence for Veterans at UMass Boston.

The grant will advance efforts to develop an integrated resource and support center to serve more than 600 current student veterans enrolled at UMass Boston and to meet the growing demands of an anticipated increase in veteran enrollment at the university.

“At Walmart, we are proud to do our part to support veterans across the country,” said Chris Buchanan, director of public affairs and state and local government for Walmart. “This Veterans Day, we are proud to join with UMass Boston to renew our commitment to support veterans at academic institutions and throughout our communities. They were there for us, so let's be there for them.”

“We are honored and truly thankful for this generous contribution to support a most deserving student population,” said J. Keith Motley, chancellor of UMass Boston. “Our university has a long tradition of providing a higher education haven for veterans, and we are continuously working to enhance and expand services to them. Thanks to partners such as Walmart, we can continue to make progress in this area.”

UMass Boston envisions the center as significantly expanding, improving, and integrating direct services to veterans throughout all areas of the university, preparing them in their transition from military life to the civilian community.

The Center of Excellence for Veterans will include enrollment management, academic support services, a Veterans Upward Bound program, health and counseling services, a student affairs office, and the William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences. Within these areas are high-quality services including navigational coaching, advising, mentoring, tutoring, career specialists, and training for frontline service providers.

The Walmart Foundation has also joined military service organizations to launch Greenlight a Vet, a national campaign to show support for America’s veterans by “green-lighting” them as valuable members of the community through employment, volunteering with veteran groups, raising awareness, or starting a mentor/mentee relationship with a veteran. As a part of this campaign, Walmart donated 125 light bulbs for the Veterans dinner on November 10, 2015 at UMass Boston’s annual Veterans Day dinner.

About UMass Boston
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the University of Massachusetts Boston is deeply rooted in the city's history, yet poised to address the challenges of the future. Recognized for innovative research, metropolitan Boston’s public university offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s 11 colleges and graduate schools serve more than 17,000 students while engaging local and global constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service. To learn more, visit

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. We have stores in 27 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We 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