We’re about putting our money where our mouth is. So here’s our money and here’s our mouth.
- Wendy’s
June 3, 2020


  • Wendy’s partnered with the Columbus Urban League to develop Wendy’s Workforce Institute. The Wendy’s Workforce Institute is a paid three-week training program for young adults in the Central Ohio community.

Learn more about Wendys’ commitments in support of the Black community here. 

  • Wendys’  investment in the YWCA Columbus Leadership and Social Justice Department helped to fund the launch of YWCA Columbus’ diversity, equity, and inclusion training services. These training services are available to businesses and organizations in the Central Ohio Community that wish to increase their racial literacy, grow into anti-racism, and develop strategies to address structural racism and advance racial equity.


Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Wendy’s gave TMCF access to their Twitter and Instagram to share more about who they are, what they do and how Wendy’s and their customers can make a difference.

Columbus Urban League

The Columbus Urban League aided in the development of the Wendy’s Workforce Institute. The League provides the participants valuable soft skills and interview training. Upon successful completion of the program, participants are invited to complete an online application and schedule an interview with a member of Wendy’s restaurant leadership team in the Columbus area. If hired, these new crew members get a “jump-start” and are given five credits toward Wendy’s required training program.

YWCA Columbus Ohio

Wendy’s partnered with the YWCA Columbus in support of its mission to eliminate racism and empower women. With the partnership, Wendy’s sponsored YWCA Columbus’ first virtual “Activists and Agitators” event. At the event, YWCA Columbus’ Leadership and Social Justice Team facilitated a racial equity training that focused on how racism is pervasive throughout our systems and codified throughout history.


In December 2020, Wendy’s provided their field-based employees an opportunity to apply for a charitable grant on behalf of a local charitable organization.






A total grant pool of $100k was dispersed to the organizations below:

  • Arizona Center for African American Resources (AZCAAR), Phoenix, AZ
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Green Bay, Green Bay, WI
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
  • Casa Valentina, Miami, FL
  • CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals, Toronto, Ont., Canada
  • Children’s Home Society of Florida, Jacksonville, FL
  • Dream Center of Lakeland, Lakeland, FL
  • Every Child’s Hope, St. Louis, MO
  • Faith, Hope & Love for Kids, Racine, WI
  • Hearts Full of Grace, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Houston Area Urban League, Houston, TX
  • Louisville Urban League, Louisville, KY
  • Mentoring Positives, Inc., Madison, WI
  • Mississippi Families for Kids, Jackson, MS
  • Operation Breakthrough, Kansas City, MO
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, Nashville, TN
  • The Amos House, Providence, RI
  • Tree House Cultural Arts Movement, Inc., Newark, NJ
  • Tropicana Community Services, Toronto, Ont., Canada
  • Urban League of Greater Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
  • Urban League Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
  • Wyman Center, St. Louis, MO
  • Youth Villages, Knoxville, TN