Hot Springs Future Fund

What is a Future Fund? 

A Future Fund is a fresh and exciting approach to charitable giving. Its mission is to engage and provide today’s young visionaries and leaders with a means to impact their community through the giving of their pooled resources, talents, and convictions. Here is how it works.

Each year, new and current members pay membership dues based on their age and family status (single or couple). These dues are pooled together into one lump sum for the year. Half of all membership dues go towards an endowment that is growing for future generations and producing annual income towards each year’s grant cycle. The other half goes directly to the current year’s charitable grant giving account, and you join with the other current HSFF members to select which charitable organizations to support. Together, we truly are making a larger impact in our community by joining our resources together rather than giving apart!

In addition to helping support area nonprofit organizations financially, your membership in a Future Fund allows you to gain a greater understanding of the needs that exist for children, education, the homeless, the arts, and so on, in your community. As we are exposed to these needs, perhaps more people will see ways we can further help these area organizations in other capacities. It also allows you to be as involved as you want to be. You may simply give your membership dues each year and vote for charities of your preference then do nothing else, or you may become more involved by paying dues, voting, serving on a committee, or leading the membership. If you are interested in serving in leadership or on a committee, contact your local future fund.

The Hot Springs Future Fund was started in 2010 by the Hot Springs Area Community Foundation and inspired by the Future Fund in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Richard Averill Foundation provided the means and the vehicle for Hot Springs Future Fund to obtain its mission by graciously granting $10,000 to the Future Fund Endowment.

Join Us or Renew Your Membership

Click here to submit your membership dues, or mail a check to: Hot Springs Area Community Foundation
P.O. Box 56
Hot Springs, AR 71902
Put "Hot Springs Future Fund" in the memo line.

2017 Grant Application

Click here for the 2017 Hot Springs Future Fund Grant Application

Sponsor Young Leaders!

This year, consider involving young leaders at your organization in the important work of the Hot Springs Future Fund! Sponsoring membership for your employees has many benefits: 
  • Good corporate citizenship improves employee engagement 
  • 70% of young professionals strongly favor companies committed to the community
  • Engaged employees are more loyal, work harder, and stay longer 
  • Engaged employees are more satisfied with their jobs and leadership 
To provide sponsored memberships for your employees, contact Miranda Johnson at

Sponsorship Opportunities for Spring Social

In addition to providing memberships for young leaders in your organization, consider contributing to the broader work of Hot Springs Future Fund by sponsoring our Spring Social. At our Spring Social, our membership will come together to vote on which grant applications will be funded.

Thursday, June 15, 2017; 6:30pm – 9:00pm; Craft Beer Cellar located on Ouachita Avenue in Downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Event sponsorship is available in the following levels:

HAWAII $4,000

  • Exclusive logo treatment and name recognition as the premier sponsor
  • Tent space (10 x 10) for promotional tent (or other space up for discussion)
  • Premier Logo placement on banner signage throughout event
  • Placement of any corporate signage with exclusive company logo
  • Link to your website from the HSFF website
  • Eight (8) tickets to the Hot Springs Luau

MAUI $2,500

  • Corporate name included on press releases and any PSA’s
  • Tent space (10 x 10) for promotional tent
  • Premier Logo placement on banner signage throughout event
  • Placement of any corporate signage with exclusive company logo
  • Link to your website from the HSFF website
  • Six (6) tickets to the Hot Springs Luau

O’AHU $1,000

  • Corporate name included on press releases and any PSA’s
  • Tent space (10 x 10) for promotional tent (or other space up for discussion)
  • Secondary Logo placement on banner signage throughout event
  • Link to your website from the HSFF website
  • Four (4) tickets to the Hot Springs Luau

KAUAI $500

  • Two (2) tickets to the Hot Springs Luau


  • Corporate logo included on posters to be displayed at local businesses
  • Corporate logo included on print advertising and social media posts from Hot Springs Future Fund
  • Logo placement on banner signage throughout event

Staff Contact:

Ann Carithers

Committee Chairpersons:

Russ Cowen, Steering Committee Chair

Michelle Ratcliff, Sponsorships

Jeb Jarrell, Grants

Cole McCaskill, Membership

Michael Dang, Marketing and Social Media

Brandon Scott, Events

Tim Stockdale, Administration

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where do membership dues go?

The great thing about membership dues is that 100 percent of your dues are pooled together with other members and are used to build our capacity for grantmaking now and in the future.

Here's how it works:

Once I join, what are my obligations as a member?

Members can participate as much or as little as they want. At the minimal level, each member will be asked to vote for the charities of their choice. Others may look to be more involved by participating in a committee that may focus on membership, plan events or grantmaking.

Who manages the money raised?

Professional managers hired by Arkansas Community Foundation manage the money.

Who governs the Future Fund?

The Steering Committee for the Future Fund acts as the "Board of Directors." Each year, a Chair and Chair-Elect preside over this committee. The Steering Committee sets the goals and strategies for the Future Fund. Because the Future Fund is an initiative of the Hot Springs Area Community Foundation,the Foundation's Board of Directors ultimately governs it.

Who decides which charitable organizations to support?

The Members Decide! The focus this year is charities that will fall under:
  • Education
  • Health
  • Children/Youth
Nonprofit organizations in Hot Springs are eligible to apply for the Future Fund Grants.
The Grants Committee, which is a volunteer committee, will streamline the grant proposals that are submitted and create a slate of recommendations for the full Future Fund Membership to vote on.

When does the membership vote on charitable grants?

Members will get an opportunity to vote at the annual Hot Springs Future Fund Spring Social. This is a time to hear testimonials from Grantees of the last giving cycle while voting on the charities for the next giving cycle.

Who sponsors the Hot Springs Future Fund?

The Hot Springs Future Fund is an initiative of Hot Springs Area Community Foundation and receives support from the foundation. Hot Springs Area Community Foundation has contributed $5,000 for the first year to help launch the initiative. In the future, the fund may look to individual and corporate sponsors to underwrite the Future Funds operations and events.

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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