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Vision and Mission

Our vision is a strong philanthropic sector that collaborates to create a more prosperous Arkansas for all Arkansans.

Our mission is to convene funders to collaborate, influence, and invest for systemic change throughout Arkansas.

Equity Statement

Consistent with our mission and our values, Arkansas Impact Philanthropy affirms that: 

We believe in equity.

In  our  equitable  Arkansas,  everyone,  regardless  of  their  race,  ethnicity,  gender,  sexual  orientation, gender expression, ability, religious affiliation, immigration status, or language is treated justly and fairly by our state’s institutions and systems. 

We are committed to systemic change.

We seek to understand the historical roots of inequity, particularly caused by racism, and to address the systems that perpetuate inequity. We use our position, our power, our voices, and our resources to support the creation of more equitable systems that serve and support all Arkansans.

We know that change requires more than words. It requires action. And we are committing now. Arkansas Impact Philanthropy will use the Equity Statement as a framework to guide our priorities and our collective action.

Our ​Equity Statement​ commits us to:

Educate ourselves.​  ​As individuals and a collective, we will continue learning about the  historical roots of inequities. We use disaggregated data to understand and elevate where systems create disparate outcomes for some Arkansans based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, ability, religious affiliation, immigration status, or language. 

Listen.​ We are committed to listening to communities about what they need.  Philanthropy does not hold the answers, but has the ability to respond in ways that are relevant and impactful. 

Speak. ​We courageously use our social, moral, and reputational capital to support  systemic change. 

Fund. We support organizations  that  take  on  systems  and  drive equitable outcomes. In  particular, we invest in black- and brown-led organizations, and trust them to lead the change necessary to a more equitable and just Arkansas.

Learn more about how AIP developed and evolved by reviewing key milestones along our journey.

Guiding Principles

Collaboration — We share a vision of real and lasting change for all Arkansans. We help solve their challenges by working together while embracing and complementing each of our unique perspectives and strengths. We build trust among us so that we can succeed in the things we cannot do alone.

Diversity — Our membership, partnerships, stakeholders, and resources represent the diversity of Arkansas. To work in collaboration and achieve impact, we embrace the ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, religion, language, and socio-economic diversity of Arkansans. Further, we believe we are stronger when informed by the geographical and cultural interests of our respective foundations.

Equity — Everyone in Arkansas, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, ability, religious affiliation, immigration status, or language should be treated justly and fairly by our state’s institutions and systems.

Grantee Voice — To inform our journey, we believe in the power of engaging our grantees to better understand Arkansans’ needs, dreams, and successes.
Learning — Our efforts will be grounded in data to lead our decision-making and inform our path.

TIMELINE

Learn more about how AIP developed and evolved by reviewing key milestones along our journey.

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MEMBERS

Philanthropic leaders at the forefront of systemic change throughout Arkansas.

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