"Here, We're All Arkansans" – 2012 Annual Report

SER Equity
Immigrants, a small but rapidly growing part of Arkansas's population, are having a positive impact on the state: they are vested in and benefit their communities and Arkansas's economy. The data contained in A Profile of Immigrants in Arkansas, a three-volume report, describes the demographic characteristics of the state's immigrant population, their economic and fiscal impact, and the state's Marshallese community.

Here, we're home

Here, we seek the ideas that open the doors of opportunity for all who want to work and participate. We're all Arkansans.

We're invested

Here, we all invest in different ways to build strong communities and pave a mutual pathway to success for everyone in the state. We're all Arkansans.

We're benefiting

Here, we know that when we move the needle toward prosperity for those who need it most, we all benefit. We're all Arkansans.

We're moving forward

Here, we use our shared history and the power of new neighbors to shape a bright future for our friends and families together. We're all Arkansans.

Our mission

The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) is dedicated to improving the lives of all Arkansans in the interrelated areas of economic, racial, and social justice; economic development; and education. At WRF, we focus our efforts on people and communities that have the least wealth and opportunity. We use our resources to understand the problems contributing to poverty in Arkansas and to develop a long-term action plan to address the underlying issues. Our Moving the Needle strategy is based on the belief that all Arkansans fare better when no one is left behind and when everyone shares in economic progress, quality education, and general community well-being.

Financial statements

Statements of financial position December 31, 2012 and 2011

Financial statements

Statements of activities for the year ended December 31, 2012

2012 Grantmaking

(**Denotes Multi-year Grant)

To support alt.Consulting’s small business lending operations in the Arkansas Delta

Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges**
To support the Center for Student Success at the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges and provide match funding for an Arkansas Higher Education Fellowship co-funded by the Kresge Foundation

Arkansas Economic Acceleration**
To support Accelerate Arkansas’s strategic plan to strengthen the state’s knowledge-based economy

Arkansas Foodbank**
To support the Local Partner Development Initiative in Dermott, Eudora, and Lake Village, Arkansas

Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (ASPSF)
To strengthen the capacity of ASPSF and its ability to provide support to ASPSF local affiliates

Boys and Girls Club of Benton County
To support the implementation and evaluation of its academic achievement program in Benton County, Arkansas

City of Jonesboro
To support the implementation of the North Jonesboro Neighborhood Initiative strategic plan

Delta Citizens Alliance
To support comprehensive community change processes in the Arkansas Delta

Economic Opportunity Agency of Washington County, Inc.
To research the impact of access to individual development accounts on post-secondary educational outcomes for low-income high school students in Northwest Arkansas

Hispanic Women’s Organization of Arkansas**
To support Hispanic Women’s Organization in its mission to advance educational opportunities and civic participation for Hispanic women and families

Just Communities of Arkansas (JCA)**
To support JCA’s mission to promote racial and cultural equity across Arkansas

Life Skills for Youth, Inc.**
To improve the college preparedness of African American and Latino youth residing in southwest Little Rock through participation in the Marginalized Males Workforce and Education Consortium

Main St. Dumas – Delta Technology Education Center**
To support the Delta Technology and Education Center’s mission to provide job skills training, higher education opportunities, and youth programs in southeast Arkansas

Mid South Delta LISC**
To support comprehensive community change processes in Lee County, Arkansas

Mississippi County Arkansas Economic Opportunity Commission –
Mississippi County Poverty Reduction Impacts Destiny Empowerment (PRIDE)**
To support the implementation of the Mississippi PRIDE job preparation and community engagement initiative

Our House, Inc.**
To develop a strategic plan and support the staffing necessary to expand the impact of Our House’s educational programs for homeless children and adults

The Pew Charitable Trusts – Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
To support Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families’ policy strategy to increase access to effective home visiting services for vulnerable families in Arkansas

Phoenix Youth and Family Services, Inc. (PYFS)**
To support PYFS’s mission to strengthen economic outcomes in southeast Arkansas through expanded educational and job training programming for youth and young adults

Rural Community Alliance**
To support the implementation of resident-driven community development processes in low-wealth communities across Arkansas

Rural Community Alliance – Elaine Community Opportunity Seekers**
To establish a community theater in Elaine, Arkansas as a community engagement and economic development strategy

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville,
College of Education and Health Professions
To support a pilot of the Arkansas Teacher Corps program to build a pipeline of high-quality teachers for high-needs public schools across the state

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville,
School of Social Work**
To research the impact of access to individual development accounts on post-secondary educational outcomes for low-income high school students in northwest Arkansas


Alliance for Justice . . . $1,000
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Inc. . . . $300
Arkansas Coalition for Excellence . . . $1,000
Arkansas Public Policy Panel – OTL . . . $6,000
Camp Aldersgate . . . $20,000
Healthy Connections . . . $1,500
Hope Enterprise Corporation . . . $22,500
Jones Center for Families . . . $1,050
Kiwanis Activities, Inc. . . . $1,050
Monroe County Community Foundation . . . $20,000
Muses, Inc. . . . $2,500
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute . . . $5,000
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith . . . $1,500
University of Arkansas Foundation . . . $5,000
Women's Foundation of Arkansas . . . $1,000


Association of Black Foundation Executives . . . $5,000
Council on Foundations Inc. . . . $14,500
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (Tide Center) . . . $150
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees . . . $5,000
Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families . . . $6,000
Grantmakers for Education . . . $3,000
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) . . . $2,875
Grants Managers Network Inc. . . . $2,000
Neighborhood Funders Group . . . $2,000
Philanthropy Northwest . . . $5,000
Southeastern Council of Foundations . . . $6,500

2012 Board of Directors

J. Baxter Sharpc BOARD CHAIR
Attorney at Law
Sharp & Sharp, PA
Brinkley, Ark.

William J. (Bill) Bynum
Hope Enterprise Corporation/
Hope Credit Union
Jackson, Miss.

S. Yvette Murphy-Erby, Ph.D.
Director/Associate Professor
University of Arkansas
School of Social Work
Fayetteville, Ark.

Phillip (Phil) N. Baldwin
Atlanta, Geo.

René Bryce-Laporte
Program Manager
Skills for America's Future
The Aspen Institute
Washington, DC

Cynthia East
Cynthia East Fabrics
Little Rock, Ark.

André Guerrero
Programs for Language
Minority Students
Arkansas Dept. of Education
Little Rock, Ark.

Pledger E. Monk, III
Vice President
Wealth Management Advisor
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith
Little Rock, Ark.

Toyce Newton
Phoenix Youth and
Family Services, Inc.
Crossett, Ark.

Lisenne Rockefeller
President and Chair
The Winrock Group, Inc. and Winrock Farms, Inc.
Little Rock, Ark.

Victoria (Vicki) Saviers
Little Rock, Ark

Diana Gonzalez Worthen, Ph.D.
Project Realizing and Increasing Student Excellence
University of Arkansas Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Springdale, Ark.

2012 Foundation Staff

Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, Ph.D.
President & CEO

Cory S. Anderson
Vice President

Andrea M. Dobson, C.P.A.
Chief Operations & Financial Officer

Regan Gruber Moffitt, J.D.
Senior Associate, Public Policy

Takema Robinson-Bradberry
Senior Associate, Education
from July 2012

Andrew Ford
Program Associate
from July 2012

Sarah Donaghy
Program Associate
from September 2012

Rachel S. Rosenberg
Board Liaison & Program Assistant

April D. Steward
Assistant to the Chief Operations & Financial Officer

Derrick Frazier
Program Associate
until February 2012

LaKendra B. Spates

Derrick Rainey
until June 2012

Kelly Ford
until June 2012

Margaret Justus
from June until July 2012

Justice Anderson
from June until July 2012

Don Geder
from October 2012