A message from the
Executive Director

In 2014, the Foundation moved forward with even greater intensity, focus and commitment to expanding opportunity for more people. Over the past two decades, our annual grant making has increased more than sevenfold from
$50 million to over $375 million last year. We collaborated with more than 1,900 partners on initiatives across the U.S. and the world. If you could travel with me to our grantee communities, you would see schools that are providing transformative educational opportunities and preparing students for success in college and careers. You would see a riverbed that once was barren, now showing visible increases in vegetation thanks to a historic “pulse flow.” And you would see a father teaching his son to ride a bike on a new greenway trail, linking families and nature.

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"It's not what you gather,
but what you scatter that tells
what kind of life you have lived."

One of Helen Walton's favorite sayings

Empowering Transformative Change

We believe incredible change can occur when you empower people to do good. Our founders, Sam and Helen Walton, felt the same way. Their timeless values live through the Walton Family Foundation, where we enable meaningful opportunities that improve the lives of others. For more than 25 years, we have focused on addressing social and environmental issues by intensifying the innovative efforts of our grantees. Their work allows us to continue our giving legacy in three distinct areas:

  • K-12 education
  • Freshwater and marine conservation
  • Quality of life initiatives in the Foundation's home region

In 2014, we invested more than $375 million in domestic and international projects that advanced our core priorities. Our commitments will continue to accelerate in 2015 as we focus on giving that empowers transformational change in diverse communities and the lives of the people who call those communities home.

2014 Grantee Investments

K-12 education



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