The Walton Family

The Walton Family Foundation is more focused than ever on sustaining Sam and Helen Walton’s timeless small-town values and their deep commitment to making life better for individuals and communities alike. Sam Walton’s son, John, was committed to supporting outstanding programs that work to systematically improve K-12 education in the U.S. and tirelessly advocated for innovation and choice within the educational system. His focus on education stemmed from his belief that all parts of American society are affected by the educational opportunities we make available. Since the Walton Family Foundation helped launch the California Charter Schools Association in 2003, more than 600 charter schools serving more than 200,000 students have been established in California. John Walton passed away in 2005, but his legacy will live forever as an avid charter leader, supporter and friend.

The Walton Family received the Legacy Award at the 20th Annual Charter Schools Conference. The Legacy Awards were created to celebrate those outstanding charter school supporters, funders, operators and elected officials who have been stewards of the movement over the last 20 years. Each Legacy Award winner represents the hope and dedication of two generations of California Charter School students.