Our Core Values
At WHEF, we are guided by 6 core values that reflect our commitment to:
Integrity in our Actions
We commit to honest work that respects and strengthens the well-being of our grantees, community, coworkers and partners. Daily, we work with humility and acknowledge our responsibility in acting as stewards of the human and financial resources entrusted to us, in support of WHEF’s mission.
Relationship Building and Collaboration
We recognize that our resources are only a small part of what is needed to achieve our goals and that our work has greater impact when we work alongside others. We believe in cultivating relationships and developing partnerships that allow us to both lead and follow, as we work to further the mission of WHEF.
Recognize the Value of all People
We recognize the value of all people and will respect everyone with whom we work, inside and outside the foundation, valuing each person’s unique background, experiences and perspective. We align our policies, practices, and resources so that all people have genuine opportunities to thrive.
We candidly and courageously share what we learn with others in an effort to serve as advocates and impact systems change.
Excellence in all that we do
We commit to continuous learning and strive for excellence in everything we do so that WHEF is synonymous with quality, best practices and trustworthiness. We believe giving anything less than our best work would be a disservice to our grantees, community and partners.
Increase Educational Equity
We are committed to serving all Mississippians and believe that every person—regardless of race, income, or circumstance—deserves an equal opportunity to access the resources and supports that will help them enroll and succeed in higher education