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Emory University’s 21-Day Compassion Challenge
The 21-Day Compassion Challenge is designed to help people recognize their capacity for compassion and learn how to practice it every day. Over the course of three weeks, participants progress sequentially through a series of topics that explore the transformative power of compassion.


Featured Stories

Philanthropists Set Up Endowment for St. Vincent de Paul CEO Positions
Phoenix Business Journal, October 2022
The philanthropic gift comes just after the first female CEO in the 76-year history of the Arizona nonprofit took over the job on October 1. Read More


Liberty Wildlife Documentary Premieres for Indigenous People’s Day
Frontdoors Media, October 2022
A new documentary about Liberty Wildlife explores how wildlife connects people, nature and cultures, and highlights the Liberty Wildlife Non-Eagle Feather Repository, which provides feathers for Native Americans for religious and ceremonial purposes. Melani and Rob supported the project and served as Executive Producers. Read More


Dickinson State University Renames Pulver Hall to Honor Supporters of Roosevelt Studies
KFYR-TV, September 2022
The building’s new name recognizes Melani Lowman Walton and Rob Walton for their support of the university and studies of Theodore Roosevelt. The Waltons’ gift will also help digitization efforts at The Theodore Roosevelt Center. Learn more


New ASU Research Building Named in Honor of Rob and Melani
ASU News, April 2022
Rob and Melani Walton have made a long-term commitment to ASU focused on sustainability solutions to improve the planet for generations to come including sustainable solutions for energy, water, environment, climate, urbanization and social transformation through the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service. In recognition of their commitment and investment, ASU’s newly opened Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 7, located at the southwest corner of Rural Road and University Drive, was named for the Waltons during a building dedication on April 19. Learn more


Rob and Melani Walton Foundation Makes $5M Gift to Arizona’s Homeless Pets
Arizona Humane Society, January 2022
The Arizona Humane Society announced one of the largest single contributions to AHS in its 64-year history. This milestone gift to the Rob & Melani Walton Papago Park Campus, expected to open in early 2023, signifies the culmination of years’ worth of transformation for homeless pets in Maricopa County. Learn more


OPINION: To protect vital ecosystems, turn to those living in them
Co-authored by Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim & Rob and Melani Walton, January 2022

With nominations for the 2022 Earthshot Prize currently underway, we are seeking even more solutions that put indigenous communities at the heart of the work. With the climate and biodiversity crisis growing daily, we must act quickly. This requires collaboration and partnerships, empowering all sectors of society to come together to protect and restore critical ecosystems upon which all life depends. Read more


Rob and Melani Walton Foundation join the ‘Protecting Our Planet Challenge’
Protecting our Planet Challenge, September 2021
Nine organizations have joined together to pledge $5 billion over the next 10 years to support the creation, expansion, management and monitoring of protected and conserved areas of land, inland water and sea, working with Indigenous Peoples, local communities, civil society and governments. This marks the largest private funding commitment ever to biodiversity conservation. Learn more


Rob and Melani Walton Foundation Make a Transformational Gift to Preserve 30 Million Hectares of Biodiversity and Bolster Sustainability in Africa
African Parks, September 2021
The $100M pledge to African Parks is the largest-ever gift to the organization’s endowment, through which it will bolster Africa’s efforts to meet its target of protecting 30% of the continent for the benefit of people and wildlife by scaling effective park management. Learn More


Legacy Landscapes Fund to Provide Long-term Funding for Globally Significant Protected Areas
UNESCO World Heritage Centre, May 2021
This unique fund brings together public and private donors for a common goal: better protection of nature in order to safeguard some of the most important areas on earth, including natural World Heritage sites. Learn More


Dream Team of Conservationists Plan to Protect 7 Million Square Miles of Ocean
Global Citizen, April 2021
With $125 million in seed funding, the Blue Nature Alliance brings together Conservation International, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Global Environment Facility, Minderoo Foundation, and the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation. Learn More


The Waltons Are Fighting Food Insecurity With Their Urban Garden Project
Green Living Magazine, April 2021
The Rob and Melani Walton Urban Farm at St. Vincent de Paul, which began as a concrete parking lot, now helps people facing food insecurity. Learn More


Campus Stories: Rob and Melani Walton Education Center
From Twitter: The Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, April 2021
The Rob and Melani Walton Education Center is one of the main buildings that make up the The Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. Learn More


31 Inspirational Women
Cyclist, March 2021
Kimberly Coats of Team Africa Rising was featured as one of Cyclist’s 31 Inspirational Women. Team Africa Rising, formerly Team Rwanda Cycling, has partnered with the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation for almost a decade to develop and spread competitive cycling in Africa. Learn More


Cover Story: The Waltons
Frontdoors Magazine, January 2020
Rob and Melani Walton discuss philanthropy and partnerships, from local to global. Learn More


Featured Videos

The Necessity of Compassion for the Survival of Humanity
His Holiness the Dalai Lama engages in a virtual dialogue on The Necessity of Compassion for the Survival of Humanity with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent of CNN, and Melani Walton of the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation, organized by Emory University’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics.