Headquartered in Bentonville, AR, the Walton Family Foundation was created by Sam M. Walton, founder of Walmart, and his wife Helen R. Walton. The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in three major areas:
- K-12 education;
- Marine and freshwater conservation; and
- Quality of life initiatives in its home region.
A family-based board of directors provides overall direction for the program areas. A staff/consultant base of approximately 66 conducts the day-to-day operations.