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