Walton Family Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation is a proud underwriter of the 2024 Aspen Ideas Festival.

At the Walton Family Foundation, we continually strive to better understand what works — and where we can improve. We support innovation, new ideas and — above all — community-led change. 

The foundation is, at its core, a family-led foundation. Three generations of the descendants of our founders, Sam and Helen Walton, and their spouses, work together to lead the foundation and create access to opportunity for people and communities.

Our vision is to live in a world where people can accomplish anything with opportunity and encouragement.

For more than three decades, the Walton Family Foundation has focused on three core objectives: improving education, protecting rivers, oceans and the communities they support and advancing our home region of Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas-Mississippi Delta. 

  • Our Education Program seeks to increase access to high-quality education that puts a self-determined life in reach for every child. It is driven by the core conviction that every child belongs, every child matters and every child should see a future filled with possibility.
  • Our Environment Program works to ensure there is enough healthy, available water for people and nature to thrive together. Our goal is to improve water quality and availability through climate-resilient approaches to agriculture, water resource management and sustainable fisheries.
  • In Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas-Mississippi Delta, the foundation is guided by an abiding belief that communities thrive when they have access to opportunity. We’re working to build a more vibrant, inclusive economy in Northwest Arkansas and promoting equity through education and financial security in the Delta.

The foundation’s 2025 Strategy is built around the belief that those closest to society’s biggest challenges are also closest to finding the solutions – and that lasting change must be driven by the voices and needs of people in the communities where we work. 

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