Wealth Created by Wal-Mart Supports Massive Philanthropic Efforts in Arkansas

by Jan Cottingham  on Monday, Jul. 2, 2012 12:00 am  

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which Sam Walton’s daughter Alice opened in Bentonville on Nov. 11, 2011, represents the single largest philanthropic act made possible by Wal-Mart wealth in Arkansas, but innumerable other gifts have transformed medical, education and athletic institutions across the state.

• In 2010, the Walton Family Foundation gives more than $1.2 billion to Crystal Bridges.

• In 2011, the Wal-Mart Foundation gives Crystal Bridges $20 million to make admission free for all visitors.

• In 2011, Crystal Bridges announces a $10 million gift from the Willard & Pat Walker Foundation to pay for visits to the museum by schoolchildren.

• In 2012, the Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation gives $1.5 million for a student education center at the UAMS’ Northwest Arkansas campus. It brings to at least $48 million in donations that the Walkers have given to UAMS.



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