Monroe County Community Foundation

Phyllis Stinson, Executive Director
P. O. Box 67
Clarendon, AR 72029

Monroe County Community Foundation was established in 2000 and has been making a difference for nonprofits in Monroe County since that time.  We are focused on the small rural communities in our area and continue to make a significant impact through the grants we make to those areas.  We welcome new donors to our existing endowments and would be happy to assist in any way possible to help create a new endowment in your name.   Our mission is to engage people, connect resources and inspire solutions.  Contact us to learn more about how you can be a part of this important mission.


Local Board Members

  • J. Baxter Sharp, III, Chair
  • Joe Griffith, Vice Chair
  • Raymond Abramson
  • Diane Cunningham
  • Kathy Frein
  • Normal Gilchrest
  • Gail Graves
  • Billie Ostermann
  • John Taylor

Grant Opportunities

Giving Tree Grants

Grants for general charitable purposes. Nonprofits, schools, government agencies and other charitable organizations serving Monroe Counties may apply. Applications are accepted July 10 - August 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 >>

Chrome Books Help Local Kids Prepare for the Future

We continue to focus on education projects in Monroe County.  One of our recent grants was to fund the purchase of an additional Google Chrome Book system (laptop cart and 28 additional Chrome Books) for Clarendon Public Schools.

The teachers have addressed the need for more, as it has revolutionized the textbook and the classroom, leading to more timely and meaningful feedback between the students and teachers.  Another selling point for the Chrome Books is that it all ties into Common Core testing, and all Common Core testing will be computerized, so it prepares the student for that type testing.  

With only about 40 percent of our students having computer or internet access at home, this grant and the purchase of these additional Chrome books will further help these students to prepare for the next level, whether it be college or the workplace.

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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