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Here’s to EQUITY in the New Year.

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The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) is excited to announce our 2020 AR Equity 2025 grantees!

We awarded over $3 million this year in our relentless pursuit of equity for all Arkansans. We are proud of the way our Board, team, and partners committed to advancing equity in these unprecedented times.

This year provided an opportunity for WRF and our partners to live our values and invest in progress towards an equitable Arkansas where all residents are prosperous, earn a family-supporting wage, participate in a thriving economy, and are able to build generational wealth.

This more than $3 million in grants advances equity through:

  • ALICE in Arkansas, which provides a new understanding of how hard Arkansans work and the challenges of a low-wage economy
  • Reimagine Arkansas gives voice to everyday Arkansans and demands that we #StandUpForALICE
  • Advocates for ALICE Coalition, the Black-Brown Power Coalition, and the Essential Workers Fund to expand networks that support ALICE workers and advocate for better public policy
  • Major investments in increased access to broadband Internet in the Arkansas Delta
  • An infusion of cash into our existing community development financial institution partners to support small businesses that could not access COVID-19 relief loans
  • Emergency investments to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on individuals, nonprofits, and communities and to provide support for long-term equitable change in those communities


Congratulations to all of our grantee partners. We stand with you in the relentless pursuit of equity in Arkansas.

Click here to experience “#StandUpforALICE: Make Hard Work, Work for All,” our 2019 Annual Report.

2020 Grants

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families — $225,000

To support the continued development of Reimagine Arkansas



Arkansas Baptist College — $50,000

To support long-term sustainability of Arkansas Baptist College; this grant was awarded as part of a collaborative strategy to increase sustainability at Arkansas Historically Black Colleges and Universities



Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association, Inc. — $25,000

To provide direct assistance to ALICE families and workers during the current evictions crisis and build the long-term capacity of local organizations to advocate for more equitable tenant rights in Arkansas



Arkansas Community Foundation — $100,000

To leverage individual and philanthropic funds to support nonprofit organizations actively responding to Arkansans in need during the COVID-19 pandemic

Arkansas Community Foundatioon — $25,000

To support completion of an internal equity audit and related training



Arkansas Community Foundation - LGBTQ+ Collaboraative — $27,500

To support urgent funding needs of LGBTQ-led and -serving nonprofit organizations in Arkansas by providing stabilization grants in response to the impacts of COVID-19



Arkansas Community Institute — $50,000

To support ACI in the development of a rapid response fund to provide resources to frontline social justice organizations and empower movement leaders to be nimble and responsive to challenges that disproportionately impact ALICE families



Arkansas Community Institute — $50,000

To provide direct assistance to ALICE families and workers during the current evictions crisis and build the long-term capacity of local organizations to advocate for more equitable tenant rights in Arkansas



Arkansas Delivering on the Dream Fund — $150,000

To provide a match for a grant from the New York Community Trust to the Arkansas Delivering on the Dream (AR-DOTD) Fund at the Arkansas Community Foundatioin to continue the fund’s impact in immigrant communities in Arkansass



Arkansas Early Childhood Association — $30,000

To support the development of a strategic plan for the Arkansas Early Chldhood Association driven by engagement of its members that supports equity and innovation



Advocacy Innovation/CFE 2021 — $250,000

To provide funding to support pilot programs and other innovative models to develop and expand the digital advocacy infrastructure in Arkansas



Arkansas Justice Collective — $25,000

To provide direct assistance to ALICE families and workers during the current evictions crisis and build the long-term capacity of local organizations to advocate for more equitable tenant rights in Arkansas



Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub — $25,000

To support the Innovation Hub to pilot a digital Mobile Makerspace and assess community readiness for a resident-driven entrepreneurial ecosystem along the 12th Street Corridor in Little Rock, Arkansas



Arkansas United Community Coalition — $100,000

To provide general operating support for the Arkansas United Community Coalition



Arkansas United Community Coalition — $75,000

To create an Essential Workers Fund, for which Arkansas United will serve as an intermediary



Asset Funders Network — $200,000

To support the Arkansas Asset Funders Network’s development of a narrative change campaign for economic mobility in Arkansas



Center for Arkansas Legal Services — $50,000

To provide direct assistance to ALICE families and workers during the current evictions crisis and build the long-term capacity of local organizations to advocate for more equitable tenant rights in Arkansas



Communities Unlimited — $125,000

To support access to immediate, flexible, and affordable loans for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic



Communities Unlimited - Delta Owned Fund — $235,000

To support the Delta Owned COVID-19 Recover and Rebuild Fund (Delta Owned), which will provide critical capital to small businesses in the Arkansas Delta affected by the COVID-19 crisis



DecARcerate — $80,000

To provide general operating support to decARcerate to improve economic equity and reimagine and redefine prison and restorative justice



Delta Circles — $85,000

To support the Delta Owned COVID-19 Recover and Rebuild Fund (Delta Owned)



Delta Community Development and Law Center — $60,000

To support a Recovery Navigator for the Delta Owned COVID-19 Recover and Rebuild Fund (Delta Owned)



Derek Lewis Foundation — $25,000

To establish the Arkansas Black Philanthropy Collaborative (ABPC)



East Arkansas Enterprise Community, Inc. — $60,000

To support a Recovery Navigator for the Delta Owned COVID-19 Recover and Rebuild Fund (Delta Owned)



Endeavor Foundation — $25,000

To support Endeavor Foundation’s HARK social services infrastructure to provide Covid-19 relief assistance and general aid to families in Northwest Arkansas



Foundation for Social Impact — $300,000

Deepen the capacity of the Black/Brown Power Coalition infrastructure that centers community voice through leadership development and power building



Financing Ozarks Rural Growth and Economy (FORGE) — $100,000

To provide small businesses in Arkansas with access to immediate, flexible, and affordable loans



Hope Enterprise Corporation — $25,000

To provide direct assistance to ALICE families and workers during the current evictions crisis and build the long-term capacity of local organizations to advocate for more equitable tenant rights in Arkansas



Little Rock Public Education Foundatiion — $150,000

To support parent engagement as the City of Little Rock and its partners implement community schools within the Little Rock School District



People Trust— $150,000

To support People Trust’s capacity to strengthen access to capital for micro and small businesses, as well as consumer loans and financial services in low-wealth Arkansas communities



People Trust— $90,000

To provide small businesses in Arkansas with access to immediate, flexible, and affordable loans



Phoenix Youth and Family Services — $60,000

To support a Recovery Navigator for the Delta Owned COVID-19 Recover and Rebuild Fund (Delta Owned)



Philander Smith College — $50,000

To support long-term sustainability of Philander Smith College; this grant was awarded as part of a collaborative strategy to increase sustainability at Arkansas Historically Black Colleges and Universities



Potluck and Poison Ivy — $25,000

To support The Yarn Storytelling to build the long-term capacity of local organizations to advocate for more equitable tenant rights in Arkansas



Shorter College — $50,000

To support long-term sustainability of Shorter College; this grant was awarded as part of a collaborative strategy to increase sustainability at Arkansas Historically Black Colleges and Universities



Southern Bancorp Community Partners — $10,000

To provide administrative support to process grant payments as part of the Arkansas Department of Human Services CARES Act grant program for nonprofit organizations providing COVID relief services in low-wealth communities



Southern Bancorp Community Partners — $100,000

To strengthen the social justice leader pipeline in Arkansas through the Social Justice Institute



University of Arkansas Office of Research and Sponsored Programs — $30,000

To support KUAF to produce a five-part radio/podcast series and panel discussion titled "The Movement That Never Was: A People's Guide to Anti-Racism in the South and Arkansas"



University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff — $50,000

To support long-term sustainability of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; this grant was awarded as part of a collaborative strategy to increase sustainability at Arkansas Historically Black Colleges and Universities



Winrock International — $100,000

To support Winrock International to provide tools and capacity to promote equitable development within the 85 Opportunity Zone areas in Arkansas



Women's Foundation of Arkansas — $25,000

To provide women-owned small businesses in Arkansas with access to immediate and flexible grants