Dollar General to Collect Funds to Benefit Autism Speaks

Wed, 02 Apr 2014

Major retailer furthers its mission of Serving Others

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Throughout April 2014, more than 11,000 Dollar General retail locations across the country will collect donations to benefit Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.

“For the fifth consecutive year, Dollar General is proud to support Autism Speaks in their research and advocacy efforts,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “An integral part of Dollar General’s mission of Serving Others is our commitment to investing in nonprofit organizations that support our customers and communities. Through Dollar General’s commitment to its mission and our customers’ generosity, we look forward to making a positive impact on families affected by autism.”

During the month of April, customers may donate any monetary amount at check-out to support the organization’s research and advocacy of autism. Through collections in 2013, Dollar General raised $1.1 million for Autism Speaks.

“Autism Speaks is thrilled to kick off Autism Awareness Month in April with the support once again of Dollar General,” said Alec M. Elbert, Autism Speaks’ chief strategy and development officer. “We share with Dollar General a commitment to extend help and hope to our community and we are most grateful for their continuing support.”

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About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed nearly $200 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 11,000 stores in 40 states, Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at

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