Arkansas Non-Profits

December has traditionally been a time in which donations to nonprofits spike as people, motivated either by holiday generosity or tax breaks, give to their favorite charities. In 2012, a social media event known as Giving Tuesday was launched in an effort to amplify the giving.

Arkansas Community Foundation Chief Program Officer Sarah Kinser

A survey of over 400 Arkansas nonprofits finds that not only has funding decreased, but the money allocated to organizations often has strings attached.

The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation and the Arkansas Community Foundation partnered with Communities Unlimited to conduct the poll. Leaders of nonprofits were asked how they are operating while experiencing declines in contributions.

As the giving season begins, thhose who produced the report want Arkansans to keep in mind the vital role nonprofits play in their community.

Arkansas Community Correction officials plan to continue operating an online portal that assists ex-convicts in their transition back to society. On Wednesday the state Board of Corrections approved a $50,000 contract for maintenance and upgrades to the Good Grid, a social media-like website. It allows former inmates to upload and build resumes and set up profiles accessible to prospective employers.

Chris Hickey / KUAR Public Radio

The non-profit Winrock International, which promotes economic development in impoverished areas around the globe, announced on Wednesday that it will take under its umbrella the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub. 

Groups of Heifer project participants in Andean Ecuador gathered supplies to help the victims of the April 16 earthquake.

Ecuador is in the midst of recovery after an April earthquake killed over 660 people. Little Rock-based Heifer International has been working with farmers and fishing families in the region just outside the earthquake's epicenter for decades.

Oscar Castañeda, Vice President of the Americas with Heifer, spoke with KUAR's Jacob Kauffman about the path of recovery efforts.

Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan.
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network has refunded donations from Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan and his Deputy Chief of Staff Jason Brady.

Ray Carson, the cancer group's Associate Director of Media Advocacy for the South Region, says the group had received the checks last week and notified both men that they would be refunded. Carson says there is an ongoing investigation as of Monday into allegations that Brady, a former action network employee, worked on Milligan's campaign for state treasurer using his email address at the nonprofit.

Heifer is working to provide food, water and temporary shelters for the families in Nuwakot, like the one above, who lost their homes and animals in the recent earthquake.
Heifer International /

Arkansas-based Heifer International is shifting gears to some degree in Nepal from long-term development to disaster relief in the wake of a devastating earthquake. The non-profit has had a presence in the Himalayan nation since 1957 and about 50,000 program participants are directly impacted by the natural disaster.

Maggie Thomas, a program officer involved in Heifer’s Nepal work, said tending to immediate relief efforts has become a top priority.

The Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative announced a first of its kind study on Wednesday in an effort to analyze student data and the power of education to break the poverty cycle.

The Arkansas Community Colleges, a non-profit association representing all 22 public community colleges in Arkansas, is spearheading the effort through a joint project with the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Malcolm Glover / KUAR

A recent financial donation to Arkansas’s oldest and largest psychiatric treatment facility for adolescents is expected to help clients improve their lives.

Youth Home is a private non-profit psychiatric treatment center for emotionally troubled young people. A $75,000 donation to the organization has enabled officials to buy vans and make other facility upgrades.

David Napier is Youth Home’s executive director.

Arkansas Black Hall Of Fame Announces 17 Grants

Jun 6, 2013

The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation has announced that that it's awarding $50,000 in grants that will be shared among 17 nonprofit groups and agencies across the state.

The grants are administered by the Arkansas Community Foundation and are intended to support projects focused on education, health and wellness, youth development and small businesses and economic development.

The Hall of Fame says the grants will be awarded Thursday night during a ceremony at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock.

Hope Rising In Helena-West Helena, Arkansas: Part Three

May 20, 2013
Malcolm Glover / KUAR

Communities throughout the Arkansas Delta often battle against a rising tide of economic woes. As factories close and labor-intensive jobs leave small towns, populations dwindle in many rural cities.

For decades, outside investments from banks and charitable organizations helped stimulate marginal growth, but most of the heavy lifting necessary to revitalize communities must be done by the people who live there.

In downtown Helena, a building that was once a post office is now a hub for various programs that provide important services to women and families.