What We Fund

More than 40 years ago, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation began making grants with the explicit mission of improving the lives of Arkansans. Since that time, the Foundation has developed a more targeted approach that focuses our resources on three substantive areas:

  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Economic, Racial, and Social Justice

Strategic Framework

In 2008, the WRF Board of Directors launched Moving the Needle, a strategic plan that refined our mission to include four specific goals that would guide our work over the next decade. Through Moving the Needle, WRF makes a commitment to use our resources to help move the needle to prosperity for all Arkansans.


Goals for Arkansas

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Reduce the number of Arkansas families living below 200 percent of the federal poverty line. We invest in policy advocacy, workforce development, financial literacy, and asset development initiatives.  Increase high school, career education, and college graduation rates. WRF provides funding to reduce the opportunity gap, increase parent and community engagement, decrease dropout rates and post-secondary remediation, and encourage systems level reform that promote equitable access to high-quality education. 
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Increase educational attainment and economic mobility in select communities in Arkansas. WRF provides technical assistance and funding for civic engagement, policy advocacy, and community organizing on behalf of people and communities that have the least wealth and opportunity.  Show strategic support and good grantmaking practices can help nonprofits achieve our MTN goals and their missions. Our grants may include general operating support, multi-year funding commitments, and other recognized best practices that improve the organizational effectiveness of grantees.