Hot Springs Area Community Foundation
Ann Carrithers, Interim Executive Director
P.O. Box 56 Hot Springs, AR 71902
501-620-4008 (o) 501-282-3594 (c) 

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Since 1991, our mission is to serve as a vehicle for helping individuals, firms, and organizations in our area in carrying out their immediate and long-term philanthropic plans.  HSACF has created over  92 funds  that  benefit Garland and Montgomery counties.


Local Board Members

  • Charleen Copeland, Chair
  • Dan Messersmith, Vice-Chair
  • Russ Cowen, Future Fund Chair
  • Stuart Fleischner, Secretary
  • John Simpson, Treasurer
  • Melinda Gassaway, At –Large
  • Elizabeth Farris
  • Mike Ferguson
  • John Hearnsberger
  • Mike Hernandez
  • Don Munro
  • Ashley Naramore
  • Ray Owen, Jr.
  • Lance Porter
  • Ruth Smith
  • Festus Ugbade
  • Jared Zeiser
  • Robert Zunick, State Board Member

Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Advisors

  • Ashley Naramore
  • Kerry Owen
  • Susannah Wright
  • Brad Burleson



Hot Springs Area Golden Key Members

Golden Key Society Members

(pictured from left to right) 

  • Robert Zunick, FA - Wells Fargo Advisors
  •  Susan Siegle, FA - Morgan Stanley Advisors
  • Ashley Naramore, JD -  Reagler and Naramore Law Firm
  •  Richard Payton, FA -  Well Fargo Advisors
  • Dan Messersmith, CPA - Duncan and Messersmith
  • Merek Rowe, JD - Legacy Law Firm

  (Not pictured)

  • Gary Beckwith, CPA - Spann and Associates
  • Robert Duncan, CPA - Duncan and Messersmith
  • Clay Farrar, JD - The Farrar Firm
  • Bruce Garnett, JD - Garnett Law Firm
  • Robert Hargraves, JD - (Deceased)
  • Brad Hudgens, FA - Morgan Stanley Advisors
  • Charles Moore, FA - Merrill Lynch
  • Janet Moore, JD
  • Ray Owen, Jr. - JD - Owen, Farnell and Garner
  • Karen Reagler, JD -  Reagler and Naramore Law Firm 
  • Joe Woosely, CPA - Jordan, Woosley, Crone & Keaton Ltd
  • John Vines, JD - Wood, Smith, Schnipper, Clay and Vines

Hot springs Area Community Foundation thanks professional advisors who have opened the doors to philanthropy for their clients through the Golden Key Society. The above Golden Key members have guided their clients to the Hot Springs Area Community Foundation to meet each client’s individual charitable objectives through estate or financial planning.

Garland County Nonprofits

For information on non-profit services available, go to 

Hot Springs Future Fund

The Hot Springs Future Fund is a fun way to work with other  young Professionals to enhance our community.  For more information, email Russ Cowen at



Giving Tree Grant applications will be available in January 2017.

Oaklawn Scholarship Applications will be available in January 2017.

If you plan to major in history at an Arkansas college, email in January 2017 for application.


Oaklawn Foundation Currently Accepting Scholarship Applications

Download the application here.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Postmarked by March 1, 2017.

Scholarship Eligibility: Any Garland County Resident that is or will be enrolled at any two-year community or technical college or four-year public or private college or university. The recipient must list his/her permanent home address as in Garland County for the duration of funding. Home-schooled students shall only be considered for the scholarship once they are accepted by an accredited college or university. Priority will be given to students who are seeking higher education in Arkansas over those planning to attend out-of-state schools.


Hot Springs Area Community Foundation Adds 3 New Board Members

Jared Zeiser is the principal advisor at Zeiser Wealth Management, LLC. Zeiser participates as a mentor in the Getting Ahead Program at CCMC, he is the Vice-President of the Hot Springs National Park Rotary Club, a Finance Committee Member at the Mid-America Science Museum and an elder at Hope Church, PCA.  

Dr. Mike Hernandez is the superintendent of the Hot Springs School District.  He is affiliated with the Garland County United Way; Universal Service Administration (USAC); Mid-America Science Museum; Dawson Education Cooperative and the AR Association of School Administrators (AASA).

Ruth Smith has extensive expertise in grant writing.  She is currently a southwest Arkansas Workforce Engagement Administrator for the American Red Cross.


Teen Philanthropy

Our Hot Springs Youth Advisory Council (YAC) meets monthly to learn about the needs of children and youth in our community. Our current service project is working with Habitat for Humanity. Contact to learn more. 

Learn about our statewide Youth Advisory Council program: 

Teens Give Back




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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