Monday, 24 June 2024

Walton Family, Founder of Walton Foundation

American Samoa

Champion's Profile

Net worth $179.3 billion, the Walton Family is the richest family in the world. In 1987, Sam Walton endowed a charitable foundation; it was primarily focused on charter schools, but also extended its program to include environmental issues particularly around water.

UNDP SDG

Education and Global sustainability

Description and impact

The Walton Family Foundation work in three areas: improving K-12 education, protecting rivers and oceans and the communities they support, and investing in their home region of Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas-Mississippi Delta. The mission of the foundation is tackling tough social and environmental problems with urgency and a long-term approach to creating access to opportunities for people and communities. While the vision is to live in a world where people can accomplish anything when they have opportunity and encouragement.