News Release

A Note from Kyle J. Krause to our Associates & Communities

June 1, 2020

The killing of George Floyd is the latest tragedy in a long history of violence against people of color. Across the country, we are seeing the dividends sown by generations of systemic racism. Today, it is incumbent upon us all to make changes that will create a better country, and a better tomorrow. I stand with our Black Associates, Customers and Communities. I kneel alongside them, too.

However, acknowledging that Black Lives Matter is only the beginning.

We all need to do our part. As the Chairman & CEO of Krause Group, my family has had the privilege to be a part of the communities we serve for generations. We can do more. We must do more.

It’s why I’m proud to be donating $25,000 to the Center for Constitutional Rights, an organization committed to addressing the structural and system nature of racism in our society.

We also need to do more listening. Our stores and businesses serve hundreds of thousands of people each day. Are we doing all we can to make sure our Black Associates and Customers feel safe? Feel welcome? We will do more.

From Minneapolis, to New York City, to right here in Des Moines, our country is bleeding. We will continue to do what’s right for our communities, our stores, our businesses, and, most of all, our people. As James Baldwin wrote, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

We will keep listening. We will keep raising our voices. And we will keep facing and working to change this – together.


Kyle J. Krause