Impact In Arkansas
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WRF Grants and
Vision, Mission, and Values
WRF affirms its
founder’s legacy who envisioned a thriving and prosperous Arkansas that
benefits all Arkansans.
The mission of WRF is
to improve the lives of Arkansans in three inter-related areas: education, economic development, and
economic, racial and social justice.
We pursue this mission
through strategic grantmaking and partnerships, and using our voice, to help
close the economic and educational gaps that leave too many Arkansas families
in persistent poverty. Understanding that moving Arkansas from poverty to
prosperity takes time, WRF invests for the long term in efforts that promise
sustained and positive impact for Arkansas. The Foundation is committed to
development, promotion, and support of activities, programs, and organizations
that address education, economic development, and economic, racial and social
justice. Working together, the needle can and must move from poverty to
prosperity for all Arkansans.
The Foundation officers
and Board intend for our work to be guided by and exhibit these values:
- Equity: We work to
eliminate unfair gaps between groups in education and economic opportunity so
that Arkansans can thrive in a healthy and prosperous state economy.
- Engagement: We work to ensure that everyone throughout
Arkansas – especially those whose opinions are rarely sought and considered –
has the opportunity to be heard, to be engaged, and therefore claim their
rightful place in discussions to improve Arkansas. We believe in working with
people in low-wealth communities to shape their own destiny. WRF believes that
building social, political and economic power among citizens is essential to
eliminating inequities and building healthy communities in Arkansas.
- Partnerships: WRF values developing, supporting, and
participating in partnerships that allow us to attract the support, expertise,
and resources of others in the public and private sectors.
- Excellence: We strive for excellence in
everything we do so that WRF is synonymous with quality and trustworthiness.
- Integrity: The Board and
staff will be open and honest with one another, the state, and Foundation
grantees. We will encourage the highest possible standards of conduct and
ethics. We will demonstrate our values of transparency and accountability by
publicly sharing our work and providing space and opportunities for citizens to
discuss concerns and solutions to improving the lives of Arkansans.