White County Community Foundation

Dana Stewart, Executive Director
P.O. Box 8171, Searcy, AR 72145 
800 East Beebe Capps Expressway, Searcy, AR 72143
501-322-0563 | 
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White County Community Foundation was established in 2003. Since then we have partnered with donors to make a difference in our community and have awarded more than $500,000 in grants. We are a partnership of people working to provide means to make our community stronger by building charitable funds, and engaging people in the issues that matter.  Working together with our donors, we are making a difference in the community we call home. 

Local Board Members

  • Dr. Kathy Berryhill
  • Amy Daniels
  • Brian Edelmann
  • Debbie Elgen
  • Charles Green
  • Don Harlan
  • Jon Holman
  • Ralph Haymond
  • Don Kee
  • Larry Kircher
  • Harry Porter
  • Judy Riley
  • Dewey Shanks
  • Lisa Tipton
  • Brent Wilson
  • Dewitt Yingling 

Grant Opportunities

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 through October 1. Learn more >>

Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Grants

White County nonprofits serving youth ages K-12  may apply annually for grants from the Youth Advisory Council (YAC). Applications are accepted in the academic spring semester. Click here to apply for 2017 YAC grants. Applications are due March 24, 2017.

Giving Tree Grants

Grants for general charitable purposes. Nonprofits, schools, government agencies and other charitable organizations serving White County may apply. Applications are accepted January 10 - February 15 each year. Learn more >>

White County Community Foundation News

White County Community Foundation announced 17 grant recipients and $28,150 in Giving Tree Grants for nonprofits in White County for the Spring 2016 Giving Tree cycle. These grant awards were presented at the White County Community Foundation Grant Reception in Cone Chapel at Harding University. Grantees included the following nonprofit organizations: 

  • White County Regional Library System
  • Searcy Children’s Homes
  • Bald Knob Downtown Courtyard Project
  • CrossPointe Preparatory School
  • The Sunshine School
  • Community Action Program for Central Arkansas
  • Highlands Pharmacy
  • Unity Health
  • White County Single Parent Scholarship Fund, Inc.
  • White County 4-H Foundation
  • CASA of White County
  • Friends for Life
  • Reading and Learning Diagnostic Center
  • Dr. Robert E. Elliott Foundation
  • Jacob’s Place Homeless Mission
  • Literacy Council of White County
  • Child Safety Center of White County
Additionally, the White County Community Foundation also awarded two $1,000 Stop Hunger grants to the Badger Family Food Pantry and Bald Knob Senior Center 55+ to assist with their programs that address hunger needs. The Riverview Judsonia Elementary school was also the recipient of the Judsonia Community Charitable Endowment grant for their “People of Distinction” library program.

White County Nonprofits raise more than $100,000 through ArkansasGives 2016 

Participating nonprofits in White County celebrated more than $100,000 to in gifts to approximately 20 local nonprofit organization though ArkansasGives.  Statewide, the Arkansas Community Foundation announced the certified results of the one-day online giving event at  $4.6 million for nonprofits statewide. Thank you donors and sponsors for your support.   

Grant Spotlight

Jacob’s Place Homeless Mission

Deloris Wright, House Manager of Jacob’s Place Homeless Mission, shows off one of the two new refrigerators and a dish washer that have been recently installed. The new appliances were purchased with funding through a Giving Tree Grant from the White County Community Foundation.

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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