Who We Are

Family-led. Access to opportunity. People and communities.

The Walton Family Foundation: Where opportunity takes root

The Walton Family Foundation is, at its core, a family-led foundation. The children and grandchildren of our founders, Sam and Helen Walton, lead the foundation and create access to opportunity for people and communities. We believe the best ideas can come from anywhere, so we stay open to new thinking from all over. And we partner with those who are closest to the problem because they’re usually closest to the solution. 

Helen and Sam Walton

We work in three areas: improving K-12 education, protecting rivers and oceans and the communities they support, and investing in our home region of Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas-Mississippi Delta.

As we focus on making an impact that improves lives today, we also want to ensure that it lasts to benefit future generations. That’s why we are committed to the issues we work on for the long term, and why we’re constantly evaluating our efforts to make sure our solutions are effective and lasting.

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.

Carrie Walton Penner, Board Chair of the Walton Family Foundation

Our Vision

To live in a world where people can accomplish anything when they have opportunity and encouragement

Our Values

  • ROOTED in the places we work and in a family legacy of giving back

  • ACTIVE in our work with grantees and in enabling individuals to take an active role in determining their futures

  • STEADY in our focused approach to creating lasting change

  • BOLD in our belief about what’s possible and in tackling big, complex problems

  • OPEN about who we are and to ideas from anywhere

About Us

In 2016, the Walton Family Foundation awarded $454.4 million in grants to further our mission. Read more about our grantmaking in our 2016 Annual Report >

The Walton Family Foundation is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, with offices in Washington, D.C.; Jersey City, New Jersey; and Denver, Colorado. Learn more about how to join our team >

Sam and Helen Walton established the Walton Family Foundation in 1987, and it operates separately from Walmart and its charitable work through the Walmart Foundation. The Walmart Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation have separate sources of funding and governance, and are independent of one another.