Rob and Melani Walton Foundation
The mission of the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation is to elevate people, planet, and purpose by changing what people feel is possible and know is doable. The Rob and Melani Walton Foundation seeks partners who focus on the essential and interconnected elements of sustaining life, advancing all forms of knowledge, promoting understanding of healing, and increasing the sustainability of people and our planet. Melani and Rob have been invaluable partners to African Parks since 2003, providing support to safeguard the long-term survival of parks and wildlife across the continent. They have supported the reintroduction of species such as lions and black rhinos to Akagera National Park, the development of evidence-based performance metrics, and our close collaboration with governments and communities to identify and share best practices. In 2020, the Foundation made a transformational US$100m dollar five-year commitment to African Parks, with US$75m going to the creation of the Rob and Melani Walton Endowment, the largest endowment gift in African Parks’ history, and US$25m for park operations on the ground. In 2021, funds from the Foundation supported park operations at Chinko, Odzala-Kokoua, Iona, Akagera, Garamba, and Bangweulu. Additionally, a portion of the Foundation’s annual contribution is used for five-year matching grants to Iona and Odzala-Kokoua in conjunction with the Legacy Landscapes Fund.