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December 02, 2014

Walmart Heir Emerges as Key Figure in School-Reform Drive

Forbes profiles Carrie Walton Penner, granddaughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton and point person for the family's education giving, as part of a special philanthropy section.

With the Walton Family Foundation pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into building, aiding, and advocating for charter schools, Ms. Penner is "arguably the most powerful force in the charter-school movement," according to the magazine, to which she gave her first extensive media interview. The article details her philanthropic work as well as criticism of the Waltons' charter-driven approach to school reform.

Among other pieces, the philanthropy package includes a look at the growth of Giving Tuesday and features on fund manager George Weiss's nonprofit Say Yes to Education and billionaire rancher B. Wayne Hughes Jr.'s faith-based programs for returning war veterans.