Who We Are

Creating opportunity so individuals and communities can live better in today's world.

Continuing the legacy of the Walton family through focused philanthropy

For nearly three decades, the Walton Family Foundation has continued the philanthropic vision begun by Sam and Helen Walton. They had an unshakable belief in the power of individuals to transform their lives. Today the Walton family – Sam and Helen’s children and grandchildren – lead the foundation with a focus on awarding grants that drive not just incremental, but transformative, change.

Improving K-12 Education

We’re working to improve K-12 outcomes for all students, especially those of limited means, by ensuring access to high-quality educational options that prepare them for a lifetime of opportunity. Learn more >

Investing in Conservation that Helps Communities Thrive

Sam and Helen Walton instilled in their family a love of the outdoors and a belief that a healthy environment drives a strong economy. By creating long-term solutions for protecting rivers, oceans and coasts, local communities and economies will benefit for generations to come. Learn more >

Giving Back to Our Home Region

We’re focused on giving back to the area that the Walton family calls home – working to create and sustain long-term economic opportunities in the Arkansas communities that first gave Sam and Helen Walton opportunity. Learn more >

“It's not what you gather in life, but what you scatter in life, that tells what kind of life you have lived.”

Favorite saying of Helen Walton

During 2015, our grantmaking totaled nearly $375 million, and we are poised to invest $2 billion over the next five years. 

The Walton Family Foundation is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, with offices in Washington, D.C.; Jersey City, New Jersey; and Denver, Colorado.

While there are unmistakable similarities when it comes to Walmart founders and a vision of a better life for individuals and communities, the Walton Family Foundation exists independently of the Walmart Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Walmart. Each of these foundations operates with separate sources of funding and governance.

The Legacy of the Walton Family Foundation