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Sam and Helen Walton in 1989
Walton Family Foundation: Where Opportunity Takes Root
The Walton Family Foundation is rooted in several generations of family, where no voice is louder than the next and different opinions are valued. By applying this legacy to our work, we are redefining the way philanthropy collaborates with grantees and communities to take on some of the world’s biggest problems.

We do this by bringing diverse perspectives to the same table: caregivers and conservationists, educators and entrepreneurs, farmers and futurists, doers and dreamers. By listening to and learning from their experiences, we can reach a shared understanding and create innovative solutions that achieve true impact.

We work in three areas: strengthening the connections between K-12 education and lifelong opportunity, protecting rivers, oceans and the communities they support and advancing our home region of Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas-Mississippi Delta.

In 2020, the foundation awarded $749.5 million in grants to further our mission. We have offices in Bentonville, Arkansas; Washington, D.C.; Jersey City, New Jersey; and Denver, Colorado.
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Family Voices: Where Opportunity Takes Root
As we focus on making an impact that improves lives today, we also want to ensure that it lasts to benefit future generations.
Mission and Vision
As we focus on making an impact that improves lives today, we want to ensure it lasts to benefit future generations. That’s why we are committed to the issues we work on for the long term. We seek out ideas from those closest to the problem - because they’re usually closest to finding effective, lasting and shared solutions.

Our Mission:
We are a family-led foundation that tackles tough social and environmental problems with urgency and a long-term approach to create access to opportunity for people and communities.

Our Vision:
To live in a world where people can accomplish anything when they have opportunity and encouragement
Who We Are
Our Values
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Three generations of the descendants of our founders, Sam and Helen Walton, and their spouses, work together to lead the foundation.
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We are family-led, creating access to opportunity for people and communities.