Campaigns & Initiatives

"Why Arkansas?" Campaign

In the midst of a stagnant national policy environment, Arkansas has stood out as a place of hope and progress in the South. In recent years, Arkansas has maintained a more balanced political system allowing the state to advance community and family-friendly policy, while at the same time, minimizing the impact of less progressive ideas that plague neighboring states. Arkansas’s successes are more than isolated bright spots in the South, they reflect a broader opportunity for progress and offer important lessons for funders.

To tell the story of why Arkansas is worthy of the time and attention of anyone interested in making sound investments in a better future for children, families, and communities the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation helped to organize the Why Arkansas? Funders Tour, in partnership with a variety of Arkansas nonprofits and state and national foundations.


Learn more about the Why Arkansas? Campaign by viewing the resources below.  


Why is Arkansas a Place of Change?: Five Factors that Make Arkansas a Leader in Policy Change


Ripe for Reform: Arkansas as a Model for Social Change


Aspire Arkansas Community Indicators Report


WRF 2011 Annual Report - Why Arkansas: The Case for Change


Video: Clinton School of Public Service Public Program