Dollar General and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation have made a combined $5 million pledge in support of racial equity.
“Today’s announcement reflects Dollar General’s commitment to putting words into actions by providing funding to organizations that are working to accelerate racial equity,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member, on July 9. “At Dollar General, our mission of serving others and our core values, which include respecting the dignity and differences of others, are the cornerstones of our culture and operations. We continue to work toward a world that reflects our mission and values and remain committed to ensuring they are evident in all we do.”
These funds are expected to be distributed to national and local organizations focused on literacy, education and racial and social justice.
Dollar General Literacy Foundation
J.L. Turner was functionally illiterate with only a third-grade education. His father died in an accident, and J.L. quit school so he could work on the family farm and help provide for his family. With hard work and determination, he went on to co-found Dollar General.
In 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in his honor.
Grant programs are available to qualifying organizations in the 44 states where Dollar General stores are located.
The foundation has awarded more than $182 million in grants to literacy organizations that have helped more than 11 million individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency or learn English. The company and its foundation believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to receive a basic education. It’s never too late to learn.
Based in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Dollar General operated 16,500 stores in 46 states as of May 1. In addition to high-quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills and PepsiCo.