From inception, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) has made grants with the explicit mission of improving the lives of Arkansans. Over time, WRF has developed a more targeted approach that focuses resources on three substantive areas: 1) Economic Development; 2) Education; and 3) Economic, Racial, and Social Justice. In 2008, WRF adopted Moving the Needle, a strategic plan that refined the Foundation's mission and has four specific goals: 1) Reduce the number of Arkansas families living below 200 percent of the federal poverty line. This will be achieved with targeted funding of policy advocacy, workforce development, financial literacy, and asset development initiatives; 2) Increase high school and college graduation rates in the state.This will be achieved through funding initiatives to create a culture of high aspiration and educational achievement, reduce the achievement gap, and decrease both dropout rates and levels of post-secondary remediation; 3) Increase educational attainment and economic mobility in select communities in Arkansas. This will be achieved by supporting communities and providing technical assistance and increasing funding for civic engagement, policy advocacy, and community organizing on behalf of people and communities that have the least wealth and opportunity; 4) Show that strategic support and good grantmaking practices can help selected grantees achieve goals within the parameters of their missions. This means WRF grants may include general operating support, multi-year funding commitments, and other recognized best practices that improve the sustainability and effectiveness of grantees.
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