The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) affirms Governor Rockefeller’s vision of a thriving and prosperous Arkansas that benefits all Arkansans. A key piece of our mission and the Governor's legacy is asset building: a term commonly associated with economic development but that embodies all areas of our work.
Our state must develop a comprehensive career education strategy that closes the jobs-skills gap, provides equitable access to education and workforce, and prepares Arkansas graduates to compete in the 21st century. The economic health of the state will depend on how well opportunity meets the preparedness of its residents.
WRF and other grantmakers will continue to make a case for supportive and welcoming public policies. We will continue to amplify voices through the leadership development and advocacy. We will continue to build capacity through partnerships and investment in individuals and organizations. Will will continue to move the needle in Arkansas, so that our state begins to match our vision for it: a thriving and prosperous Arkansas that benefits all Arkansans.
WRF’s programs and strategies for achieving better policy for the public have resulted in positive changes in the state and beyond. Traditionally, many grantmakers avoided engaging in the policy arena due to limited legal understanding, lack of capacity, or fear of reputational risk. As a transformational foundation, WRF boldly embraces philanthropy’s role in shaping policy that moves Arkansans from poverty to prosperity.
For close to 40 years, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) has made nearly $13 million in Program-Related Investments (PRIs) to more than 15 organizations. PRIs are below-market investments that generate both social and economic returns. The Foundation is nationally recognized for its approach to Program-Related Investing and represents a small, but growing, segment of philanthropy committed to using these investments to further its mission.
WRF believes all Arkansas children should have the best start in life possible. Research shows that investments in children’s earliest years help prepare them for success in school, work, and life. Arkansas must close achievement gaps, strengthen schools, and better prepare its workforce to ensure that every Arkansan can share in prosperity.