To our philanthropic peers, you may look at Arkansas and feel all hope is lost, but that is just one side of a complex story. At this moment in Arkansas, there exists deep pain and discouragement. There also exists immense promise and precedence for change. Both sides of the story are true. Because of the latter, we remain steadfast in our relentless pursuit of equity in Arkansas.
In this moment, we know this much is true. Together, we must:
Timing is everything, and the time to invest in building the infrastructure for change is now. We have made the mistake of investing too late in the past.
Investments this calendar year can support the planning, capacity, organizing, and advocacy necessary to drive long-term systemic change.
WRF provided multi-year general operating support to DecARcerate to amplify the voices of those directly impacted by the inequitable structure of Arkansas’s criminal justice system.
WRF invested in a coordinating intermediary to build the capacity of the Arkansas Black/Brown Power Coalition (a coalition of organizations and individuals focused on power building in Black and Brown communities) to work collectively and strategically to bring about systemic policy change and advance social, ethnic, and racial equity in Arkansas.
WRF partnered with three other foundations to invest in a cohort of six nonprofits to provide direct assistance to ALICE families and workers during the eviction crisis and build long-term capacity to advocate for more equitable tenant rights in Arkansas.
WRF launched our Movement Innovation Grants Initiative to stimulate and support innovative advocacy in Arkansas that strengthens the voice and power of Arkansans in historically overlooked communities.
WRF invested in a coalition of more than 40 organizations committed to building the power and voice of early childhood educators, parents, and others most impacted by inequities in Arkansas’s early childhood education system to advance transformative, systemic change.
We invite you to join us in supporting these organizations, coalitions, and initiatives and in continuing to connect with and find ways to invest in many others.
Learn with us, connect with us, and join us in our relentless pursuit of equity in Arkansas.