Christy Walton Philanthropy

Christy Walton Philanthropy

Entering into a family with a long line of well-known generous advocates, Christy Walton held her own as a distinguished member of the Walton legacy. Profiled by Condé Nast Portfolio magazine in The Giving Index, she ranked as the highest female philanthropist according to the amount she gives as a percentage of her wealth. At a then estimated $16.3 billion net worth, she contributed a total of $3.5 million cumulatively between 2002 and 2006. She is actively serving in numerous non-profit organizations, such as the national association of trustees and staff, corporate giving officers, and individual donors – The Philanthropy Roundtable.

Together with the rest of the family, she financially supports The Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation that prioritizes education. Among the grateful recipients are the University of Arkansas ($300 million in 2002), the College of Business Administration of the University of Arkansas ($50 million in 1998, renamed to Sam M. Walton College of Business), as well as several other local colleges, community trusts, universities and foundations. In 2007, the Bentonville-based Walton Family Foundation, one of the nation’s largest charitable organizations, gave up to $1.6 billion.

With her husband, John, she became an honouree of the Patrons of the Prado Gala on July 16. This event seeks to benefit museums in Balboa Park.

Christy Walton is also a board member of The San Diego Natural History Museum. This institution, as well as The San Diego Zoological Society and The Mingei International Museum, are proud recipients of her benevolence.

Another commendable donation is in the form of her own old Victorian home, which she gave to the International Community Foundation’s (ICF) Center for Cross-Border Philanthropy. Built in 1896 for former National City postmaster Oliver Noyes in 1896, this historical beauty underwent renovation in 1989. Christy Walton and her husband presented this transformational gift to ICF in 2006, along with a recent $4 million endowment for the edifice’s preservation. The ICF has taken it upon itself to assist U.S.-based donors who wish to make a difference in non-profit causes overseas with special interest in community-based health care, environment, and education.

Today, Christy Walton has a net worth of $17.6 billion, which she inherited upon the death of her husband, John, in 2005. The 12th highest among Forbes’ exclusive list of The World’s Billionaires, she continues to benefit from the status of the family business as the reigning World’s Largest Retailer.

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16 Responses to “Christy Walton Philanthropy”

  1. Raymond says:

    The Restore Hope Information Technology Center (RHITC) is an organization offering a broad range of technology-related services that aim to allow all community members in the Dukwi refugee camp and surrounding Dukwi village to benefit from educational and economic opportunities created by information technologies. RHITC’s mission is to bridge the technological gap between the greater Dukwi community with other outside communities. In doing so, RHITC seeks to not only provide practical skills training, but to also empower its community members with health and HIV/AIDS education through an innovative and interactive approach by incorporating health and HIV/AIDS education into all projects and materials produced by students.
    Please support us to rean our goals
    Raymond(Director RHITC)

  2. im a mother of two,living in a very peaceful island..will christy help the poor children here in our place to send them to school..this children needs help to have better education that our government never take time to help this children.a simple gift from christy can be a dream come true of this children

  3. Hi Christy Walton
    Happy mother Day.
    I do not know you are, but I believe what is behind your great smile.
    For the first time I saw names and faces of the richest women in the world, and as a woman I was really proud of that. I choose you to help Moms in my home, Nuba Mountains in Sudan.
    My name is Khamisa I am civil war women survival. I came to USA as refuge with my seven children (six boys and one girl). All of them are doing great, but I still I can sleep even after I am not afraid any more about what my children we eat tomorrow because of women of Nuba Mountains in Sudan who were lost their limbs during the war and after war because the government planned mines on their fruits’ trees and land. As a mother she can not hold herself from climbing the trees to get food for her starving child who crying the whole night. I tried harder, but I did not find support. Last year I drew a picture of disable woman from Nuba Mountains and I display that with my art show and ask for support to help those women. Until now I did not found the help I need. I need your help to make a living for those disabilities mothers who are lived in Nuba. They are suffering a lot. They are widows, lost their home, children. They are sick of war Diseases, poverty and others in Mountains’ villages without hope, and help their community to get rid of mines. This the gift I ask you for mothers at Nuba Mountains.
    Thank you
    Khamisa Abdalla
    African Coordinator
    Asian Community Center- Fusion Project
    2615 ‘O’ Street
    Lincoln, NE 68510
    Work phone 402-477.3446
    Cell phone 402-601-2601

  4. would like to send a letter to Mrs. Walton or possibly an email. I am in Rocky River,Ohio a suburb of Cleveland ,Ohio.Thank you for your time,Dennis.

  5. Wisdom Davidson says:

    Mighty Farms is an Agricultural development organization. our main objective is to grow food in large quantity and sale them at a very cheap price to the West African communities. we are also trying to venture into communications by collaborating with any donnor organization to provide internet access to rural communities.
    We will be glad if you will include us as one of your donnees.

    Wisdom (Director)

  6. admin says:

    Hello Everyone!

    Thank you so much for all your comments. However, I must let you know that Faces of Philanthropy is not connected to any of the people mentioned on this site. We are simply a biography/profile site focused on philanthropists. If you wish to contact anyone on this site, please go to the organizations they support.

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  7. mydu says:

    Dear Christy Walton.
    For the first time I have known your name and your face on the internet. The richest woman in the world.
    I choose you to help my children .
    My name is My Dung. I am in Viet Nam. I am a widow,too. My husband died 13 years ago. I have 2 daughters. They love Dogs. My first daughter is 18 years old. Your ambition go abroad for studying but I don’t have much condition. If you can HELP, she can go on the university .
    Thank you

  8. ms christy walton she’s very nice woman in the whole world becuase she achieve their all goals of her own life…GOD BLESS MAM CHRISTY… YOUR THE BEST… HAVE A NICE DAY MAM CHIRSTY

  9. May 17, 2010

    To Whom It May Concern:

    As caring members of our community, we all have a stake in the success of those who struggle with drug addiction. This is why we are asking you to invest in that future with your support.

    Behavioral Health Services has provided substance abuse treatment services in the Los Angeles area for thirty-four years. We operate several treatment programs, including American Recovery Center in Pomona, which provides treatment to single parents with children, as well as treatment to the general population, and clients with the HIV virus.
    You can contribute in several ways.
    A direct cash contribution
    Donate goods or services.

    Your contribution toward this goal will enable recovering addicts to become self-supporting contributing members of society, thus, improving their chances of continued sobriety.

    American Recovery Center is operated by,
    Behavioral Health Services, Inc.
    A community-based, 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit and charity.
    15519 Crenshaw Blvd., Gardena , CA 90249
    Federal Tax ID, 95-2838006

    Thank you for making a difference.

    Sincerely, Timothy Arnwine

    Program Support

  10. May 17 , 2010

    Dear Friend,

    During the past 20 plus years, over 30,000 addicts and alcoholics have benefited from the services offered at American Recovery Center. We firmly believe that the knowledge and life skills acquired here translate into a life long program of recovery for many of our graduates.

    American Recovery Center has evolved over the past several years to meet the needs of the community. In addition to the detoxification and residential services we have offered from the beginning, we have added outpatient services. The population that we serve has been expanded to include single parents with their children, individuals afflicted with HIV and/or AIDS and the mentally ill. American Recovery Center is the treatment home for the Pomona Drug Court and also provides service to individuals recently released from County, State, and Federal institutions.

    In addition to substance abuse treatment, our clients are able to reap the benefits of adult education, vocational rehabilitation and parenting classes. Graduates from American Recovery Center programs leave the program with better opportunities for employment, housing, and education, which enable them to become productive and welcomed members of the society.

    Our efforts to improve the community are often tireless and immeasurable. With your support, lives and communities are transformed. We look forward to working with you. And your support is greatly appreciated.

    During this time of budget crisis our programs have taken tremendous cuts in funding. This has not only limited the number of individuals that we are able to treat, but it has also greatly affected the quality of services that we provide. It is because of this, that we are making a major effort to reach out to out community partners for assistance. However you feel led to help us will be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.

    Thank you for making a difference.


    Timothy Arnwine
    Program Support

  11. N H Parry says:

    I read on CNN that a lot of billionaires were giving away half of their wealth to charity. A nice idea, but is anyone cognizant of the fact that Americans are in need, too? Hundreds of thousands of us have exhausted all of our unemployment benefits and have no income at all. I, personally, don’t know anyone who still has a job. I’ve been unemployed for over two years. I’m down to the last of my money. I’ve had to go on food stamps, for the first time in my life (after being in the workforce for 45 years, supporting myself). I can’t possibly pay my bills, so I’m going to have to file bankruptcy. I wrote a rent check the other day, knowing I have no funds to cover it – my overdraft protection will cover it…for this month. If I don’t find a job by the middle of this month, I will have NO WAY TO PAY THE RENT NEXT MONTH. I’m 60 years old. I have no family, no friends who can help, no assets, and I’m horrified of the idea of being homeless. But, I may have to face that crisis. My unemployment benefits ran out a couple of months ago, and the bill that the President signed a week or so ago (to extend benefits) doesn’t restore benefits to me, and others who are considered the “long term unemployed.” What do I do, to keep from sleeping in a cardboard box, while you’re giving money to all sorts of charities, none which address America’s unemployment problem? WE need help, too! How about setting up some program to help long-term unemployed Americans? Or a job creation program? Certainly, our government doesn’t care – Congress is too busy taking vacations to sign a bill to extend our benefits for another month or two. And we all know how much Obama has done to create jobs…

  12. ed baggett says:

    Oh star,…once brilliant, now only an eternal ember.
    ed baggett

  13. Al Hernandez says:

    Hopefully Christy, you will see this note. First, Christy let me say how sorry I was about John, sent you a card to Benton at that time. Hope you received it. I’ve been reading in the computer about how you’ve been and what you have accomplished. In my heart, donating the home in National City was an extremely beautiful jester. Read about your son, Luke and was extremely glad it all had a happy ending. God bless and keep you and Luke. Al

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  16. michelle says:

    Hello for the last two weeks i have been getting emails from the supossed Christy Walton offering me money life changeing ammounts !!!! I thought that it was to good to be true & it was its a con first bank plc want me to give them 859GBP to acctivate the account where the money is meant to be………..I havent got that kind of money. If it is a con i think Christy Walton should be aware that people are using her name to get money out of them. I had my hopes built up thinking my life & my childrens lives could be changed for the better it was all a con & genine people like me get hurt !!!!!!

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