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Progress in 2018

December 26, 2018
  • 3.6 Million Acres
  • 3.6 Million Acres
  • 300 Leaders
  • 2,200 Schools
  • $137 Million
  • 250,000 Students
  • 62 Grantmakers
  • 91% of U.S Marine Fish Stocks
  • 20 Pioneering Programs
  • 52,000 Students
    3.6 Million Acres

    Through our Mississippi River initiative, sustainable practices have been adopted on more than 3.6 million acres of farmland.

    300 Leaders

    At the first-ever Heartland Summit, 300 of our nation’s leading thinkers, problem solvers and investors came to Bentonville, Arkansas to discuss the social and economic innovation happening between the coasts. The event sparked frank conversations about the region’s challenges and opportunities.

    2,200 Schools

    The foundation has provided 2,200 schools with start-up funding over the past two decades. This year, we built on our commitment of putting students on a better path to opportunity with the launch of our Innovative Schools Pilot. Our 2018 report "Rooted in Opportunity" details what we’re doing to support leaders developing the schools, classrooms and teaching methods of the future.

    $137 Million

    Bicycling generated $137 million in economic benefits in the foundation’s home region of Northwest Arkansas, according to a study released this year.

    250,000 Students

    Through two new non-profit lending funds – the Equitable Facilities Fund and the Facilities Investment Fund - 250,000 students are expected to have access to high-quality schools by 2027. The funds provide public charter schools affordable financing for facilities.

    Walton Family Foundation Launches Two New Non-profit Lending Funds
    The Walton Family Foundation announced the creation of the Equitable Facilities Fund and Facilities Investment Fund. The two distinct non-profit funds are supported through the foundation’s Building Equity Initiative, an unprecedented effort to make it easier and more affordable for public charter schools to find, secure and renovate facilities.

    62 Grantmakers

    More than 60 local and national grantmakers came together to brainstorm ideas for the role that philanthropy can play in helping people and communities in the Delta region of Arkansas and Mississippi. Today, approximately $41 of philanthropic funding is invested per person annually in the area. Compare this to $994 per person in New York state. The foundation-convened gathering focused on charting a more hopeful course.

    91% of U.S Marine Fish Stocks

    The number of stocks on the overfished list dropped to 35, the lowest number ever. Overall, 91% of U.S marine fish stocks are not subject to overfishing and 87% are not overfished.

    20 Pioneering Programs

    The Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative, a joint effort of the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation, will fund 20 pioneering programs at art museums across the country. The program intends to diversify curatorial and management staff at art museums across the United States.

    52,000 Students

    APS Insights, a first-of-its-kind data dashboard that provides families information about school options and quality, will support 52,000 students in Atlanta Public Schools.

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