Publix Super Markets has been named the No. 1 Global Corporate Leader for United Way, the world’s largest privately funded nonprofit.
Alexandria, Va.-based United Way said Wednesday that Publix associates pledged $38.6 million in the retailer’s most recent workplace campaign and Publix Super Market Charities donated $25 million, bringing the total contribution to $63.6 million for 2019.
The donations support 109 local United Ways in Publix’s seven-state market area. United Way said the contributions will advance its local efforts to improve health and wellness, early education and financial stability in the Southeastern U.S. communities that Publix serves. The employee-owned chain currently operates 1,252 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.
“We’re honored to be recognized as United Way’s No. 1 Global Corporate Leader,” Publix CEO Todd Jones said in a statement. “Our founder, George Jenkins, believed in the benefit of giving to United Way because the funds raised support the critical needs of the community through local agencies. I’m proud of our associates for continuing the legacy of giving Mr. George exemplified.”
Publix has donated to United Way for more than 40 years. United Way said the Lakeland, Fla.-based retailer is one of 52,000 companies — including more than half of the Fortune 500 — that partner with the nonprofit. United Way is engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories and raises $4.7 billion annually via its 9.8 million donors worldwide.
“Publix and its associates share United Way’s belief in building strong communities, which is why it’s no surprise to see Publix become our largest corporate donor,” stated Brian Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way Worldwide. “On behalf of everyone at United Way, I want to thank Publix for being incredible community citizens.”