President's Corner

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About the WRF President’s Strategic Direction

The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation invests in strategies that support the four goals of the Moving the Needle strategic plan: to increase prosperity, increase graduation rates, strengthen communities, and build nonprofit infrastructure in Arkansas. We have catalyzed philanthropic partners, nonprofit leaders, and economic development, government, education, and community stakeholders to implement an agenda to bring about systemic change in Arkansas.

The Foundation has granted nearly $147 million over four decades to build and sustain the organizations that serve and strengthen Arkansas, staying true to the legacy of Governor Winthrop Rockefeller.

As we extend that legacy, we continue to deploy our resources to implement sustainable solutions to improve the lives of Arkansans and move the needle in our state to prosperity.

About WRF’s President

Involved in philanthropy for more than 20 years, Dr. Sherece West-Scantlebury is president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Read Dr. West-Scantlebury’s full biography here.

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Perspectives on Philanthropy

Recruiting Diversity: Bridge Partners' Insights

In a feature from Bridge Partners, Dr. West-Scantlebury shares the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation’s value on intentionally recruiting diverse Board and staff to strengthen leadership and decision-making.


The Power of Philanthrophy to Transform Communities

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan profiles Dr. West-Scantlebury and examines the power of philanthropy to transform Arkansas communities.


Immigrants Contribute to Arkansas Communities and the Economy

This exclusive commentary by Dr. West-Scantlebury in Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity examines the growing immigrant community in Arkansas and how these population shifts may benefit our state in the years ahead.


Triple A Advice for Philanthropy

Dr. West-Scantlebury encourages grantmakers to become advocates, activists, and accelerants during this keynote address at the Ohio Grantmakers Forum's annual conference in 2011.


Community Philanthropy: How the Delta Region Revives, Embraces, and Promotes the Spirit of Giving

In this Foundation Review article co-authored by Dr. West-Scantlebury, community philanthropy is described as a promising innovation that can move the needle in our country’s most distressed communities.


Inequities in Educational Access Aren't Getting Enough Attention

Dr. West-Scantlebury describes the need for philanthropy to break apart the unjust system that offers better educational opportunities to those who are wealthy, while failing to acknowledge the needs of those in underserved communities.


12 Resolutions For Savvy Foundations

During one of the most talked-about sessions at the Southeastern Council of Foundations Annual Meeting in 2010, Dr. West-Scantlebury participates in a roundtable held among philanthropic leaders with advice to the leadership of foundations in the years ahead.


Rural America as Philanthropy’s Frontier: A Call for Increased Commitment

Discover with Dr. West-Scantlebury in this Council  on Foundation article how the economic frailties in urban America are just as prevalent in rural communities.


Words to Give By: Leading Voices in Advocacy

Making the case for foundations to support advocacy, Dr. West-Scantlebury discusses lessons learned to make social change happen, identify advocacy activities to create change, and ensure this change results in long-term community benefits.


Clinton School of Public Service Scholar in Residence – Moving the Needle One Family at a Time  

While serving as a Scholar in Residence at the Clinton School of Public Service, Dr. West-Scantlebury describes her belief in the power of community philanthropy to move the needle to prosperity in persistently poor rural communities