Word comes from a public relations firm that the Wal-Mart Foundation has selected a new president in the person of Margaret McKenna, soon-to-be-ex-president of Lesley University in Boston and previous deputy counsel to the Carter White House (among many other positions in government and academe). The PR firm also takes pains to note that
In 2006, Wal-Mart gave more than $270 million to support its 4,000-plus U.S.-based communities and has been recognized by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as the largest cash contributor in America.
The Nonprofiteer supposes it would be ungracious to ask how much of that money came from Wal-Mart’s policy of purchasing goods from sweatshops in China (and by sweatshops we mean not places that pay sub-American wages but places that, e.g., pay workers for 6 days when they work 7) and how much of it came from the theft prevented by locking in its workers on the overnight shift. And it would be equally ungracious to note the extent to which Wal-Mart’s corporate philanthropy concentrates on its opposition to public education.
Always right-wing. Always.