Community Foundation of Faulkner County

Gloria Cheshier, Executive Director

1301 N. Museum Road

Conway, AR 72032

Mailing address:  P. O. Box 128

Conway, AR  72033



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Founded in 2001, Arkansas Community Foundation of Faulkner County serves the communities of Conway, Greenbrier, Mayflower, Vilonia and the surrounding areas located within Faulkner County.  During our 16 years of service, we have returned to the community over $2.6 million in grants.  

 It is inspiring to see how individuals, families, organizations, businesses and groups, each with their own charitable vision, come together to build a better Arkansas.  Recognizing a need in the community and believing that positive change is possible, our donors work to improve our neighborhoods, towns and county by creating funds with Arkansas Community Foundation.  It is our goal to make this a simple process, repeated over and over again in Faulkner County. 

Our mission is to engage people, connect resources and inspire solutions that help build Faulkner County and enable it to remain the place that our kids will want to raise their kids. Our board members are your neighbors, our funds have been created by hard-working people just like you, and through the services available to us through the statewide system, we engage smart giving to support vital causes within our local area.  Contact us to learn more about how you can be a part of our important work.

Local Board Members

  • Jerry Adams
  • Jennifer Bell
  • Amber Bobo
  • Joey Brown
  • Bo Conner
  • Susan DeBoard
  • Heather Edwards
  • Charlotte Green    
  • Don Greenland, Immediate Past Chair
  • Eric Hutchinson
  • Darren Irby
  • Joyce Miller
  • Frank Mitchell
  • Charles Nabholz
  • Shellie O'Quinn
  • Bobby Riggs, Chair
  • Bill Roberts
  • Jeannie Stroth, Vice Chair
  • Bill Tobias
  • Charles Weaver
  • Jennifer Welter


Honored Friend of the Board

  • Ros Smith

Grant Opportunities


The Arkansas Community Foundation of Faulkner County administers a number of scholarships including:

  • The Toad Suck Daze Get Smart Challenge Scholarships for graduating seniors from Faulkner County schools who plan to attend Central Baptist College, Hendrix College, Pulaski Technical College, University of Central Arkansas, or the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton.    
  • The Anne Pressly Scholarship Endowment was created in memory of broadcast journalist Anne Pressly of Little Rock.  Female students from around the state who are planning a career in broadcast journalism are eligible to apply.  
  • Additional scholarships available through the high school counseling office are:  Jon Robbins Memorial Scholarship for Conway High School students, and the Phillip Weaver Scholarship and the Charles and Linda Weaver Scholarship for Vilonia High School students.
  • Scholarship applications for Toad Suck Daze Scholarships and the Anne Pressly Scholarship are accepted online beginning February 1 of each year. Learn more >> 

Giving Tree Grants

Faulkner County Giving Tree grants are for general charitable purposes. Nonprofits, schools, government agencies and other charitable organizations serving Faulkner County may apply. Applications are accepted January 10 - February 15 each year.  Approximately $20,000 is awarded each year and grants typically range from $500 to $3,000. Learn more >

Venture Philanthropy Grants

Our Faulkner County board members also work throughout the year to identify needs in the areas of health and wellness, quality of education, basic needs and community responsibility.  Venture Philanthropy Grants are awarded to area nonprofit agencies for projects which may be small but are considered to have a large impact.   An example is a recent $215 grant made to the Faulkner County Museum Commission to serve as a match for a statewide grant to restore the windows in their historic facility.   Grants range from $100 to $2000 and are available throughout the year.  Inquire by email to


2016 Smart Giving to Improve Communities in Faulkner County

Our Smart Giving to Improve Communities event recaps the activities of Arkansas Community Foundation of Faulkner County. You can find a full list of our funds and grants for the 2016 fiscal year, along with information on how ArkansasGives 2016 affected Faulkner County.   CLICK HERE TO REVIEW SMART GIVING IN FAULKNER COUNTY

ArkansasGives 2016: Big Success for Faulkner County Nonprofits

In 2016, a total of 600 Arkansas nonprofits participated in ArkansasGives, a 12-hour online giving event presented by the Arkansas Community Foundation.  $4.1 million was raised through public donations, and $4.6 million awarded including prizes and bonuses.  There were 18,535 total donations.  Thirty-two Faulkner County nonprofits headquartered in Faulkner County participated in ArkansasGives raising $248,863.98.  Topping the list with most donations was Soaring Wings Ranch who increased he total by winning statewide prize money taking second place for most dollars and most donors in the mid-size category along with the most dollars raised by a Human Service Agency.  Faulkner County SPCA also tapped into the prize money winning most dollars raised in the Animal Welfare category and most dollars for a small nonprofit during the "power hour".


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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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