Community Foundation of Lee County

Lucy Smith
130 Robertson Ave.
Marianna, Arkansas 72360

The Community Foundation of Lee County was established in 1991 and is located in one of Arkansas’ richest counties – rich in volunteer spirit & giving! The Community Foundation belongs to the people of Lee County and makes it possible for county residents to invest in their community. The Foundation’s assets have grown from $10,000 in 1991 to over $1,600,000 today. These investments generate grant funds that benefit the area by funding worthy projects that are important to Lee County residents.

Local Board Members

  • Clifton Collier
  • Steve Edwards
  • Mendy Felton – Youth Advisory Council (YAC) advisor
  • Mildred Griggs
  • West Higginbothom
  • Becky Hogan – Board Chair
  • Suzy Keasler
  • Nathan Reed
  • Linda Reeves
  • Shannon Russell – Youth Advisory Council (YAC) advisor
  • Mark Smith
  • Jimmy Williams

Grant Opportunities

Giving Tree Grants

Grants for general charitable purposes. Nonprofits, schools, government agencies and other charitable organizations serving Desha and Lincoln Counties may apply. Applications are accepted January 10 - February 15 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 >>

Citizens Benefit by Giving Locally

Supporting Hunger Relief. As the only food bank in Marianna, Delta Dream Food Pantry knows how to stretch dollars when times are tough and funds are low. “Around the holidays the food pantry always has such a heavy demand,” explained Lucy Smith, executive director of the Community Foundation of Lee County. Lee County residents and the foundation rose to the challenge and provided funds not only for Delta Dream Food Pantry but also for the Backpack Program, Coats for Kids, and Toys For Tots.

Investing in Community Events. Living day to day in a rural Delta community our citizens see the needs in our community and give generously back to its citizens. The county has an opportunity to gather together twice a year for Arts in the Park and Autumn on the Square. Both festivals are great ways for our foundation to bring family and friends together to enjoy our downtown square.

Pictured: The Community Foundation of Lee County supports festivals that showcase our downtown square. 

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.

Giving Locally


Phone: (501) 372-1116
Fax: (501) 372-1166
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1400 West Markham
Suite 206
Little Rock, AR 72201

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