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06/05/2020

Target donates $10 million to social justice, rebuilding efforts

Marianne Wilson
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Target Corp. had pledged $10 million to social justice organizations and also to community rebuilding/recovery efforts in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the company’s hometown of Minneapolis.  

Organizations that will benefit from the donation including such long-standing Target partners as the National Urban League and the African American Leadership Forum along with new partners in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and across the country.

In addition, Target will donate 10,000 hours of pro-bono consulting services for black- and people-of-color-owned small businesses in the Twin Cities area as they rebuild after recent unrest resulted in some damage. 

Target also has established an internal task force comprised of senior leaders from across the chain. This task force will partner with Target's employees, shoppers and members of the community to chart the company's path forward and determine its next steps.

"Target stands with Black families, communities and team members,” said Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO, Target. “As we face an inflection point in Minneapolis and across the country, we're listening to our team, guests and communities, committed to using our size, scale and resources to help heal and create lasting change.”

Target said its employees have volunteered hundreds of hours toward cleanup efforts in heavily impacted neighborhoods of the Twin Cities. The retailer has partnered with local nonprofits such as Second Harvest Heartland to provide truckloads of donated essentials like baby formula, medicine and more in recent weeks.

Target Circle, the company’s loyalty program, will offer shoppers the option to direct Target funds to local nonprofits and include organizations supporting social justice.