Since our founding in 1998, the WFA’s guiding principles have been consistent – to understand the diverse needs and realities facing women and girls so we can respond through purposeful action and engaged philanthropy. An investment in women and girls is an investment in stronger families and communities. Households that are not self-sufficient create a cycle of poverty which drains social service resources and hinders the pursuit of higher education. However, the cycle can be broken when women are educated, healthy, and economically secure.

Our mission focuses on ensuring economic security for Arkansas women and girls through focused philanthropic investment in their education and economic well-being. Through grant making, research, and our Girls of Promise and Women Empowered initiatives, the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas is investing in real solutions that allow women and girls to move up the economic ladder and reach their fullest potential.

The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas (WFA) is the only statewide foundation that focuses solely on women and girls in Arkansas.


To ensure economic security for Arkansas women and girls through collaboration and focused philanthropic investment.


WFA envisions an Arkansas in which women achieve economic equity and security.


Empowerment | Equity | Responsiveness | Influence | Education | Commitment | Compassion | Boldness | Innovation | Perseverance | Inclusion | Ambition

Our Executive Summary

WFA Strategic Plan Executive Summary