Gov. Rockefeller was committed to social justice because he knew that we couldn’t afford to leave anyone behind.

Building on Governor Winthrop Rockefeller’s legacy, WRF’s mission is to improve the lives of all Arkansans in three interrelated areas: education; economic development; and economic, racial, and social justice. It’s About Social Justice is just a sample of the action we are taking in Arkansas to advance social justice thanks to the leadership of WRF’s grantee partners. Visit our website to learn more about:

Education Justice

The Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and ForwARd Arkansas bring Arkansans together to realize our vision that every Arkansas student is prepared to read at grade level by the end of third grade and graduates high school ready to succeed in college and the workplace. The Arkansas Public Policy Panel, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, and Rural Community Alliance are just a few of our grantee partners leading the charge to advance education justice in Arkansas.

  • Economic Justice

Expect More Arkansas shows how communities can demand change, form partnerships, and create innovative solutions to increase the number of Arkansans with the degrees and certificates they need to earn high-skilled jobs that pay family-supporting wages. Arkansas Community Colleges, the Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center, the state’s network of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) providers, and the Arkansas Asset Funders Network are some of our grantee partners committed to promoting economic justice.

  • Social Justice

For more than a decade, WRF has used research, grantmaking, and other philanthropic tools to support immigrant integration in Arkansas. A Profile of Immigrants in Arkansas shows the positive impact immigrant families have on Arkansas communities and our state’s economy. We have also partnered with Philander Smith College (PSC) and Auburn Theological Seminary to re-imagine PSC’s Social Justice Institute as a hub for social justice innovation, planning, and action for the South.

Statements of Financial Position

December 31, 2016 and 2015

2016 2015
  Cash and cash equivalents $0006,004,590 $0003,532,465
  Accrued interest receivable and other assets 147,951 174,731
  Contributions receivable 22,250 22,250
  Investment securities 115,549,293 123,209,125
  Program‐related investments, at cost 6,472,931 6,251,230
  Mission‐related investments, at cost 955,000 425,000
  Certificates of deposit 457,918 454,153
  Property and equipment, net 121,625 152,440
Total Assets $0129,731,558 $0134,221,394
Liabilities and Net Assets
   Accounts Payable $0000137,352 $0000133,740
   Grants Payable 2,605,215 3,483,080
   Other liabilities 187,922 172,181
   Total Liabilities 2,930,489 3,789,001
  Net Assets – Unrestricted 126,801,069 130,432,393
Total Liabilities and Net Assets $0129,731,558 $0134,221,394

Statements of Activities

For the Years Ended December 31, 2016 and 2015

2016 2015
  Grants and contributions $000089,000 $0000179,000
  Investment return 3,499,802 (3,168,502)
    Total Support, Revenues and Gains (Losses) 3,588,802 (2,989,502)
  Program Services
   Grants 3,575,680 4,222,495
   Program administration 1,829,098 2,187,936
    Total Program Service Expenses 5,404,778 6,410,431
  Supporting Activities
   Investment management expense 526,182 536,505
   General administration 1,240,939 1,249,148
   Federal excise tax 48,227 108,277
    Total Supporting Activity Expenses 1,815,348 1,893,930
     Total Expenses 7,220,126 8,304,361
DECREASE IN NET ASSETS (3,631,324) (11,293,863)
NET ASSETS, BEGINNING OF YEAR 130,432,393 141,726,256
NET ASSETS, END OF YEAR $0126,801,069 $0130,432,393

2016 Board of Directors
(Term ended December 2016)

  • David G. Rainey, Ed.D.

    David G. Rainey, Ed.D.

    Dumas, AR

  • Jerry Adams

    Jerry Adams

    President & Chief Executive Officer

    Arkansas Research Alliance
    Conway, AR

  • Frederick (Freddie) Black

    Frederick (Freddie) Black


    South Region, Simmons First Bank
    Lake Village, AR

  • Rene Bryce-Laporte

    René Bryce-Laporte


    Bryce-Laporte Information & Consulting
    Washington, D.C.

  • Helen Dorado Alessi

    Helen Dorado Alessi

    Executive Director

    Long Beach Latino Civic Association
    Long Beach, NY

  • Susan Harriman, M.Ed.

    Susan Harriman, M.Ed.

    (Term ended March 2016)

    Policy & Special Projects Director

    Arkansas Department of Education
    Little Rock, AR

  • Kilolo Kijakazi

    Kilolo Kijakazi

    Institute Fellow

    The Urban Institute
    Washington, D.C.

  • Mike Malone

    Mike Malone

    Northwest Arkansas Coordinator

    Springdale, AR

  • Lisenne Rockefeller

    Lisenne Rockefeller

    President & Chair

    The Winrock Group, Inc. and Winrock Farms, Inc.
    Little Rock, AR

  • Victoria (Vicki) Saviers

    Victoria (Vicki) Saviers

    Little Rock, AR

  • Chris Vincent

    Chris Vincent

    Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch, Monk, Mitchell & Williams

    Little Rock, AR

  • Calvin White, Jr., Ph.D.

    Calvin White, Jr., Ph.D.

    Director of African & African American Studies

    University of Arkansas Department of History
    Fayetteville, AR

  • Rosa Velazquez

    Rosa Velázquez

    Executive Director

    Arkansas Coalition for DREAM
    DeQueen, AR

2016 Foundation Staff

  • Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, Ph.D.

    Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, Ph.D.

    President & CEO

  • Cory S. Anderson

    Cory S. Anderson

    Executive Vice President

  • Lisa Dixon

    Lisa Dixon

    Program Associate & Board Liaison

  • Andrea M. Dobson, C.P.A.

    Andrea M. Dobson, C.P.A.

    Chief Operating & Financial Officer

  • Regan Gruber Moffitt

    Regan Gruber Moffitt

    Vice President

  • Andrew Ford

    Andrew Ford

    Senior Associate, Education & Community Change

  • Michael Castens

    Michael Castens

    Grants & Operations Manager

  • Brad Cameron

    Brad Cameron

    Communications & Knowledge Management Associate

  • Russell Carey

    Russell Carey

    Program Associate

  • Sarah McBroom

    Sarah McBroom

    Program Associate

  • Hannah Peacock

    Hannah Peacock

    Program Assistant

  • Hannah Kennedy, Program Assistant

    Hannah Kennedy

    Program Assistant

  • Meredith Morrison

    Meredith Morrison

    Program Assistant