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Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation

Renderings of the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith, which is set to open July 1, 2023 after more than 16 years in development.
Education / Nonprofits / Tourism

Marshals Museum Gets $1M Gift From Walker Foundation

Susan Neyman, chief development officer and foundation president, said the Walker Foundation's gift will "guarantee our continued focus on education." read more >
Education / Nonprofits

Fayetteville Gets $1M Library Donation from Willard & Pat Walker Foundation

The gift kicks off the final phase of a fundraising campaign to pay for a 100,000-SF expansion. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Education

Gift to JBU Honors NWA Poultry Pioneers

John Brown University at Siloam Springs has received a $150,000 grant from the Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation for the creation of the June & Robert J. Loyd Endowed Scholarship in honor of the founders of Springdale Farms, one of the first poultry processing businesses in northwest Arkansas. read more >
Dr. Randy Shinn, medical director of the Washington Regional Senior Clinic at the UAMS Schmieding Center in Fayetteville.
Education / Health Care / Nonprofits

Shinn Celebrated for Schmieding Center Service (Movers & Shakers)

Dr. Randy Shinn is the inaugural recipient of the Pat Walker Distinguished Chair in Senior Health at the UAMS Schmieding Center for Senior Health & Education in Springdale. read more >
University of Arkansas baseball clubhouse at Baum Stadium
Education / Nonprofits / Public Companies

Hogs Without Pigskins Get UpgradesLock Icon

About $50M in facilities are in the works for track athletes and baseball at the University of Arkansas. Among them: a $15 million and $20 million makeover of the Tyson Indoor Track Complex. read more >
The 234,000-SF Arkansas Children's Northwest hospital is expected to open within the next month, right in the middle of flu season, "a time when children need emergency and clinical care most," according to Trisha Montague, chief administrator.
Health Care / Nonprofits

$8M Donated to Arkansas Children’s Northwest

The Arkansas Children's Foundation announced Saturday that the Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation has donated $8 million to the Arkansas Children's Northwest hospital in Springdale. read more >
Walton Arts Center’s lobby, reoriented to face Dickson Street, above, will be enlarged and the Starr Theater will be expanded. (Artist Renderings provided by Boora Architects)
Construction / Nonprofits / Tourism

Walton Arts Center Awarded $2M Walker Foundation Grant

The Walton Arts Center announces a $2 million grant from the Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation for its $23 million capital campaign. read more >
Pat Walker

Arkansas Philanthropist Pat Walker Dies at 97

Pat Walker, a philanthropist and co-founder of the Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, died Friday at her home in Springdale. She was 97. read more >

Pat Walker: Philanthropist

Charitable foundation founder … healthcare advocate … rancher … mother and grandmother … Sunday school teacher … named one of the Most Distinguished Women in Arkansas … multiple award-winner and honorary society member. Her family name appears on theaters, senior centers, medical facilities and education programs. read more >
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.

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

Wal-Mart made a number of Arkansans very rich, and that wealth has been manifested in billions of dollars worth of gifts to educational, medical and cultural institutions in the state. read more >