Craighead County Community Foundation 

Barbara Weinstock, Executive Director 
407 Union Street 
Jonesboro, AR 72401 
870-268-8888 (o) • 870-761-1117 (c)

Craighead County Community Foundation is your local philanthropic resource, connecting charitably inclined individuals with the needs of their community.

Our mission is to engage people, connect resources and inspire solutions that build Craighead County, so that this is the kind of community in which our children want to raise their children. Please contact us to learn how we can help you be part of this mission.

Local Board Members

2016-2017 Board of Directors

Craig Boone
Al Brodell
Braun Campbell
Joan Cash
Jennifer Clack
Richard Freer
Susan Garner
Gina Gomez
Blake Johnson
Nate Looney
Tad Margolis
Roger McNeil
Lisa Melton Jackson
Guy Patteson
Phillip Poston
Kim Provost
Steve Rockwell
Skip Smith
Denise Snider
Barbara Weinstock
Lonnie Williams
Caroline Cameron
Ruby Chittenden
Andy Peeler
Jeffrey Puryear
Peggy Stripling

Grant Opportunities

Giving Tree Grants

Grants for general charitable purposes. Nonprofits, government agencies and other charitable organizations serving Craighead County may apply. Applications are accepted July 10 - August 12 each year. Learn more >>

Science Initiative for Middle Schools (SIMS) Grants

Our SIMS program provides $500 awards to public middle school science teachers (grades 5-8) to purchase consumable science materials. Applications are accepted July 1 - October 1. Learn more >>

Stories of Impact

Over the last several years, the Arkansas Community Foundation has been out front in drawing young people into the philanthropic process. Youth Advisory Councils (YAC) were formulated throughout the state to serve as an entry point for young people to engage with community builders. The young people are responsible for a variety of activities including service learning initiatives, fundraising and grant making.

As the Craighead Community Foundation chapter began thinking about a local YAC program they realized an opportunity to build a partnership that develops leaders among some of the most vulnerable students in our community. This year, CCCF will partner with CityYouth Ministries to cultivate the YAC Leadership Initiative. Students who are low to moderate income and benefit directly from such organizations as CCCF will now learn about how workforce development and philanthropy are interconnected.

Throughout the project, students will visit a variety of businesses that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn about. Additionally, they will work on service learning projects and will raise funds to make grants in Spring 2016. The project will focus on expanding the view of these students beyond just the block around their home. The goal of the project is to draw the potential out of these students to encourage them toward college and career readiness. The CCCF is proud to partner with CityYouth Ministries for this worthy project.

Arkansas Community Foundation Offers Special Incentive Match for Gifts From IRAs

Arkansas Community Foundation is currently matching, dollar for dollar, IRA Charitable Rollover gifts made into any of its Giving Tree funds or endowments up to $100,000. The match pool is limited to $150,000, so matches will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis until the pool is depleted or June 30, 2017, whichever comes first. 

Any IRA Charitable Rollover gift made to the Craighead County Giving Tree fund or endowment at the Community Foundation is eligible to receive match dollars. 


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Grants Awarded in 2016

Altrusa International of Jonesboro
CASA of the 2nd Jud Dist of AR
CityYouth Ministries
Food Bank of NEA
Girl Scouts - Diamonds of AR, OK & TX
Habitat for Humanity
Helping Neighbors Food Pantry
Hispanic Community Services, Inc.
Mission Outreach of NEA
Out of the Dark
Single Parent Scholarship
Special Olympics Arkansas
St. Mark's Two Saints Kitchen
The Learning Center of NEA
The Salvation Army
United Way of NEA


See our Affiliate Offices

Pope County Community Foundation Awards Giving Tree Grants to Twelve Local Nonprofit Organizations

Russellville, Ark. April 24, 2017 – Pope County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation, announced today $19,500.00 in Giving Tree Grants for nonprofits in Pope County.

 “Many non-profits applied for the grant money, totaling more than $98,000 in applications.” said Madelyn Ginsberg, executive director of the Pope County affiliate, “Choosing which non-profits will receive the grant funds is always a difficult decision. We have so many deserving non-profits that apply. This year the awards were for general charitable purposes.”

“Our Giving Tree program helps Arkansans support a variety of important needs in their own home towns,” said Heather Larkin, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Funding for our Giving Tree grants comes from local individuals and families. We invest their donations in endowments that provide a permanent source of funding for charitable causes in our communities.”

Grant recipients include:

Age to Age, Inc., Age to Age off site programs

Arkansas River Valley Arts Center, Improved Communications

Augsburg Food Pantry, Food for the Food Pantry

Boys & Girls Clubs of the AR River Valley, Security System

CASA of the 5th Judicial District, Christmas Party for Foster Children

Equestrian Zone – Riding for a Reason, Raise the Roof

No Kill Russellville, Low Cost Spay and Neuter Program

Pottsville Athletic Association, A Field of Angels

Quilts of Valor Foundation, A Second Tour Quilts of Valor

River Valley Food 4 Kids, Fresh and Healthy Summer

River Valley Shelter for Battered Women & Children, Fresh and Healthy Summer

Royal Family Kids Camp of Pope County, Camp for Foster Children of Pope County

Pope County Community Foundation makes grants through the Giving Tree program annually. The next grant cycle will begin in January 2018. More information about Community Foundation grants is available at

Arkansas Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that fosters smart giving to improve communities. The Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. By making grants and sharing knowledge, the Community Foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps.  Since 1976, the Community Foundation has provided more than $156 million in grants and partnered with thousands of Arkansans to help them improve our neighborhoods, our towns and our entire state. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 27 affiliates are fully tax deductible.

Our affiliate offices work locally in every corner of Arkansas. Find the affiliate near you.

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Fax: (501) 372-1166
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Little Rock, AR 72201

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