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Assessing the Impact of the Walton Family Foundation's COVID Relief Fund

June 13, 2022
The rapid distribution of $35 million in relief funding provided critical lessons in the opportunities and challenges of crisis grantmaking

In March 2020, the Walton Family Foundation established an emergency grant fund to quickly deploy resources to grantees and communities in response to the significant and evolving effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The $35 million fund was designed to support organizations across all three of WFF’s Program Areas (Education, Environment, and Home Region).

The Foundation’s Strategy, Learning, and Evaluation Department (SLED) and Public Profit, an evaluation and strategy firm, conducted a retrospective evaluation to learn more about the experience of the emergency grantmaking process and the impact of the COVID Relief Fund grants on grantees and communities. This evaluation across the COVID Relief Fund portfolio sought to answer six Evaluation Questions.

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