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Vision, Mission, and Values

Every Arkansan deserves a chance to thrive and prosper.



Our imperative is to dismantle systems that do not benefit Arkansans striving to pull themselves out of poverty and configure those systems to create a prosperous and thriving state that benefit all Arkansans.

VISION


The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation affirms the legacy of our founder who envisioned a thriving and prosperous Arkansas that benefits all Arkansans.

MISSION


The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation exists to relentlessly pursue economic, educational, social, ethnic, and racial equity for all Arkansans.

We believe that building pathways to opportunity requires broad systemic change. This comprehensive approach may take longer to prove impact, but we believe that it has a greater chance to be impactful and sustainable. We look for levers that offer the greatest promise to increase prosperity from one generation to the next.

ECONOMIC EQUITY

Economic Equity will exist when all Arkansans can achieve widely shared prosperity because everyone earns a living wage, participates in a thriving economy, and is able to build generational wealth.

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EDUCATIONAL EQUITY

Educational Equity will exist when all Arkansans can attain the skills and education needed to support their families and communities without undue differences in outcomes based on age, ability, gender, race, or geographic location.

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SOCIAL, ETHNIC, AND RACIAL EQUITY

Social, Ethnic, and Racial Equity will exist when all Arkansans can live in an equitable and productive state free from historic and systemic barriers, and legacies of unfairness have been addressed and eliminated.

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VALUES

ENGAGEMENT

We believe that everyone throughout Arkansas—especially those whose opinions are rarely sought and considered—should be heard, engaged, and therefore claim their rightful place in discussions to improve Arkansas.

EQUITY

We believe we must ensure everyone has access to the core educational and economic tools needed to thrive in a healthy and prosperous state economy.

PARTNERSHIPS

We believe in developing and participating in partnerships that allow us to attract the support, expertise, and resources of others in the public and private sectors.

INTEGRITY

We believe in openness and honesty with one another, the state, and Foundation grantees, and we encourage the highest possible standards of conduct and ethics.

STEWARDSHIP

We believe in prudence and responsibility in the use of charitable assets to further our mission. We take care of the Foundation’s reputation and standing in the state.

EXCELLENCE

We believe in striving for excellence in everything we do so the Foundation is synonymous with quality and trustworthiness.

RESPECT

We believe in the voices, ideas, and experiences of all Arkansans, the primary source of data and knowledge. We value learning by listening to diverse communities and the lived experiences of our fellow Arkansans.