Beyond Grantmaking

Our grantmaking has given us insights into working effectively to solve the difficult issues facing Arkansans. We are eager to share what we have learned with you.

A Profile of Immigrants in Arkansas 2013

A Profile of Immigrants in Arkansas 2013 is a three-volume report that analyzes key demographic trends and the economic impact of immigrants and the Marshallese population in Arkansas. This new report is a follow-up to a similar study in 2007.

Report Summary
Informe de Summario

Volume 1:
Changing Workforce and Demographics
Volume 2:
Economic and Fiscal Benefits and Costs
Volume 3:
A Profile of the Marshallese Community In Arkansas

Infographic (in English)

Infographic (in Español)

 

Arkansas Advocates report

NCRP report

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Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families: Affecting Policy and Programming
As the second in a series of “Partners in Progress" publications showcasing WRF's longstanding investments and highlighting what the Foundation has learned through these investments, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families: Affecting Policy and Programming candidly explores the challenges and lessons learned during the evolution of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) into an anchor institution in Arkansas. It tells the story of the tough issues that AACF has taken on in the state and the ways the organization has influenced public policy in order to improve the lives of children and families in Arkansas.

 

Strengthening Democracy, Increasing Opportunities: Impacts of Advocacy, Organizing, and Civic Engagement in the Gulf/Midsouth Region
Every dollar invested in advocacy brings $114 in investments for communities, according to this national study produced by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). Strengthening Democracy, Increasing Opportunities: Impacts of Advocacy, Organizing, and Civic Engagement in the Gulf/Midsouth Region analyzes the activities of 20 organizations in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi between 2005 and 2009 to see how they are “mobilizing citizens and promoting policies designed to expand opportunity and justice in local communities.”

 

Southern Bancorp: Revitalizing the Rural South
As the first in a series of “Partners in Progress” publications showcasing WRF’s longstanding investments and highlighting what the Foundation has learned through these investments, Southern Bancorp: Revitalizing the Rural South candidly explores the evolution of Southern Bancorp’s innovative rural community development model and the impact it has in Arkansas and Mississippi. It highlights the opportunities and challenges unique to a rural CDFI and exposes the complexity of rebuilding distressed communities. Furthermore, it describes the lessons learned through the longstanding grantee relationship between WRF and Southern.

 

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Moving the Needle: Investment, Impact, Influence, and Leverage
In 2008, the WRF Board of Directors adopted Moving the Needle, a strategic plan that refined the Foundation’s mission to include four specific goals that would guide our work through the year 2013. For more than two years now, Moving the Needle (MTN) has formed strategic alliances and collaborations with others in the philanthropic, civic, and business sectors and made investments to achieve impact, influence, and leverage in support of the MTN goals. This presentation gives an overview of our progress with MTN through the end of 2010.

Arkansas Legislative Taskforce on Reducing Poverty and Promoting Economic Opportunity Report
The Arkansas Legislative Taskforce on Reducing Poverty and Promoting Economic Opportunity released its report setting targets for poverty reduction in the state. The culmination of a year of research, the report sets out specific, tangible recommendations for building economic stability for Arkansas families and a stronger, more productive economy.

 

 

 

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