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The Mother's Day gift that will keep giving
/ May 6, 2016

By Lindsey SimmonsPictured left to right: Greer Grace, with her mother Barbara Baber

Beyond fragrant Peonies and Pandora charms, how do we show our appreciation for all the support our mothers have shown us? I mean, can flowers or jewelry rightfully express our gratitude for the blood, sweat and tears they poured into our lives?


Last fall, on her 90th birthday, one family decided to honor their mother with a gift to a nonprofit that has been a gift to her—LifeQuest of Arkansas. When Greer Grace approached LifeQuest about setting up an endowment in honor of her mother Barbara Woods Baber, Executive Director Ann Leek quickly began looking for an organization to house this substantial gift. Arkansas Community Foundation was available to partner with the nonprofit to fulfill the family’s wishes.  

Greer Grace and her brothers chose LifeQuest because of its commitment to fostering a continued passion for living and learning. Their father attended memory classes after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and they believe their mother has “a whole new life and a sparkle in her eye” thanks to LifeQuest. Baber herself bemoans that many seniors grow accustom to discussing their ailments and prescriptions, but LifeQuest delivers the opportunity to discuss stimulating topics. Leek raves that Baber “embodies the spirit of LifeQuest at its core—enhancing one’s later years through lifelong learning, social connections and meaningful service to others.” 

Grace adds that she feels extra comfort in knowing that the Barbara Woods Baber Endowment for LifeQuest of Arkansas will be financially stewarded by the Community Foundation so that the funds will provide long-term support for a cause that has been very important to the family. 

Baber has been involved with LifeQuest since its beginning—she and Grace have even taught a “Nifty After Fifty” class together—and the endowment ensures a legacy for a place she loves. Baber added that there wasn’t anything she would have rather had. She states, “the gift is exciting to me because I can see it now, and know that it will keep on giving!”

So if you are still looking for a gift for your mom this Mother’s day, consider making a gift. And for more information about how the Community Foundation connects donors and the nonprofits they care about, click here. 

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