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"Why Arkansas?" – 2011 Annual Report

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Arkansas deserves time and attention from anyone interested in making sound investments in a better future for children, families, and communities. To tell this story, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, in partnership with Arkansas nonprofits and state and national foundations, launched the "Why Arkansas?" Campaign with goals to:

  1. Attract resources to the state that will continue to transform the quality of life for all Arkansans
  2. Increase recognition of Arkansas as a national model for what is possible given the right investments from in-state and out-of-state resources


  3. The case for change





    People and places





    Advocacy





    Policy








    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.






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    Statements of financial position December 31, 2011 and 2010








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    Statements of activities for the year ending December 31, 2011








    Our 2011 grantmaking



    RESTRICTED GRANTS (**denotes multi-year grant)



    $250,000
    Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science, Inc.
    **To support the development and provision of high-quality advanced placement Math and Science programs in high-need Arkansas high schools.

    $250,000
    Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Inc.
    To support AACF's capacity to carry out their mission of protecting families through research, education, communications, coalition-building, and advocacy.

    $150,000
    Arkansas Coalition for Excellence
    To support ACE's mission of strengthening Arkansas nonprofits.

    $258,500
    Arkansas Department of Higher Education
    To support the placement of three Career Coaches in high-need Pulaski County high schools.

    $300,000
    Arkansas Humanities Council
    To support Raising Education Achievement and Competence in the Humanities (REACH) mini-grant program for professional development of humanities teachers in Arkansas.

    $7,500
    Arkansas Policy Foundation
    To support a study that explores how the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) positively impacts Arkansas's income measures, and how increases in EITC participation could improve these measures.

    $30,000
    Arkansas Public Policy Panel - Arkansas United Communities Coalition
    To support grassroots organizing and community building in immigrant communities through the AUCC.

    $286,000
    Arkansas Public Policy Panel
    To support APPP's capacity to engage low wealth communities in community development and public policy advocacy.

    $145,000
    Arkansas State University Mountain Home
    To support the expansion of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites in Baxter, Jefferson, Mississippi, Polk, and Pulaski Counties.

    $150,000
    Arkansas State University System
    **To support the development of higher education and community-based programs focused on increasing retention and graduation rates for marginalized males in the state of Arkansas.

    $75,000
    Arkansas State University – Arkansas Out of School Network
    **To provide matching funds to the AOSN in support of $75,000 grant received from the C.S. Mott Foundation.

    $50,000
    Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting
    **To supportintegration and secondary educational supports for the growing Latino population in Northwest Arkansas.

    $150,000
    Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Arkansas
    **To support the development of higher education and community-based programs focused on increasing retention and graduation rates among marginalized males in the state of Arkansas.

    $211,000
    Boys, Girls, Adults Community Development Center
    To support BGACDC's mission to build community competency in youth development, intergenerational community development, economic development, housing, and leadership development.

    $75,000
    Catholic Diocese of Little Rock
    **To support integration and secondary educational supports for the growing Latino population in Northwest Arkansas.

    $50,758
    Central Arkansas Development Council
    **To support strategies for developing the assets of low-income Arkansans.

    $50,000
    Clinton School District No. 1
    **To support the expansion of the Arkansas School of the 21st Century Network (AR21C) with Clinton School District No. 1 acting as the fiscal agent.

    $9,450
    Desha County
    To support MDACC's mission to provide educational programs and workforce training to residents of Desha County and neighboring counties.

    $50,000
    Economic Opportunity Agency of Washington County, Inc. – Northwest Arkansas Tax Center
    **To support strategies for developing the assets of low-income Arkansans

    $70,000
    Foodbank of North Central Arkansas
    To support the implementation of resident-focused community development processes in low-wealth communities across Arkansas.

    $135,000
    Henderson State University
    **To support the development of higher education and community-based programs focused on increasing retention and graduation rates for marginalized males in the state of Arkansas.

    $150,000
    Kiwanis Activities, Inc.
    **To support the development of higher education and community-based programs focused on increasing retention and graduation rates for marginalized males in the state of Arkansas.

    $75,000
    Main Street Dumas, Inc.
    **To support the implementation of resident-focused community development processes in low-wealth communities across Arkansas.

    $259,000
    Migration Policy Institute
    **To update A Profile of Immigrants in Arkansas, the WRF-funded study released in 2007 that provided the first comprehensive picture of the demographics and economic impact of immigrant families in the state.

    $39,920
    Mississippi County, Arkansas Economic Opportunity Commission
    **To support DCDLC's mission to increase the scale, efficiency, and consistency of affordable housing production across the Delta areas of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

    $30,000
    National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
    To support research on foundation funding to nonprofits in Arkansas for advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement that benefits vulnerable or marginalized populations.

    $75,000
    Rural Community Alliance
    To support the implementation of resident-focused community development processes in low-wealth communities across Arkansas.

    $400,000
    University of Arkansas at Little Rock
    To expand Reading Recovery, a research-based K-3 comprehensive literacy intervention as part of the Arkansas Campaign for Grade Level Reading.

    $100,000
    University of Arkansas Fayetteville
    **To support, in partnership with the School of Social Work and School of Journalism, a pilot demonstration of independent qualitative and quantitative data gathering tools in support of the WRF Grantee Outcomes Assessment Learnig System (GOALS) a pilot demonstration of independent qualitative and quantitative data gathering tools in support of the WRF Grantee Outcomes Assessment Learning System (GOALS)

    $25,000
    Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
    To support educational and communications activities related to the Winthrop Rockefeller Centennial Celebration.

    UNRESTRICTED GRANTS

    $25,000
    American Red Cross — Little Rock Region

    $300
    Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Inc.

    $1,000
    Arkansas Coalition for Excellence

    $250
    Arkansas Hospice Foundation, Inc.

    $25,000
    Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance

    $25,000
    Arkansas Rice Depot

    $5,000
    Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund

    $1,500
    Boys and Girls Club of Phillips County

    $1,500
    Boys, Girls, Adults Community Development Center

    $1,500
    KIPP Delta College Preparatory Middle School

    $20,000
    Market Matters, Inc.

    $1,500
    Mountain Home Christian Clinic

    $1,500
    South Conway County School District

    $1,500
    Stone County Community Resource Council

    $1,500
    University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton

    $5,000
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

    $1,300
    Women's Foundation of Arkansas

    WORKING with GRANTMAKERS

    $7,000
    Association of Black Foundation Executives

    $695
    Association of Small Foundations

    $18,320
    Council on Foundations Inc.

    $1,000
    Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (Tide Center)

    $5,000
    Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees

    $6,000
    Grantmakers for Children Youth and Families

    $3,000
    Grantmakers for Education

    $2,875
    Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO)

    $2,000
    Grants Managers Network Inc.

    $2,000
    Neighborhood Funders Group

    $2,500
    Philanthropy Northwest

    $6,000
    Southeastern Council of Foundations




    2011 Foundation board of directors






    2011 Foundation staff