Every quarter we invite fund holders to consider proposals from nonprofits who are working to improve our communities in all corners of the state. If you would like to discuss your personal giving priorities, please contact our Donor Stewardship Officer Lindsey Simmons at email@example.com or 501-372-1116.
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Preserving Fourche Creek
Canine Detection of Human Cancer
Summary: Frankie Foundation trains canines to detect human cancers. A published study demonstrated canine accuracy between 97 -100% in the detection of metastatic thyroid cancer in blood and urine from patients who had thyroid removal surgery. Our current efforts focus on canine capability to help doctors diagnose cancer. Preliminary work indicates a >90% accuracy in the diagnosis of thyroid cancer in new patients. Frankie Foundation determines the ability of canines to diagnose cancer from patient urine at presentation and relates findings to diagnosis derived by standard clinical care.
Sister Friend Mentors Aid Healthy Pregnancy
Therapeutic camp empowers kids with autism
Annual Budget: $120,000
Community Partners: Camp Aldersgate; Autism Speaks Arkansas; UALR/UAMS Dept of Audiology & Speech; Hippos & Fish Pediatric Therapy
Number served: ~32 kids with autism, 30 typically-developing kids & 30+ volunteers
Summary: A-Camp works to break down barriers, transform perceptions and change tomorrow for kids with autism, their families and friends, and the communities in which they thrive. Our therapeutically driven camp provides empowerment, memorable experiences, and meaningful relationships for those involved in a fun environment that develops life-long skills. Our integrated “play buddies” and volunteer program increases awareness and encourages respect for the autism community amongst the community at large. A-Camp is all about love, hope and acceptance!
In Their Own Words: A-Camp parent: “When I first heard of A-Camp I was both excited and terrified. I thought this would be another experience where they get the letter from Jake’s teacher about his sensory seeking behaviors and meltdowns and we would be told that he wasn't the "right fit.” I was surprised to find out no one flinched about Jake's meltdowns or needs. After the first day his face lit up. He loved it! They focused on his strengths and did not complain about his weaknesses. By the end of the summer he was talking more, had new interests and had made friends. It was the best summer of our lives, knowing he was accepted just as he was and I didn't have to be afraid of him not fitting in or acting up. A-Camp means the world to not only him, but me. He would wear his A-Camp shirt everyday if we let him. We are so ready for this summer!”
King Biscuit engages youth in blues & heritage
Geographic Footprint: King Biscuit Blues Festival is physically located in Phillips county but serves the whole state, country & world.
Number Served: While thousands of people will attend the festival, King Biscuit anticipates serving 450 youth at the Bit o Blues area.
Project Budget: $10,000
Summary: The Sonny Boy Blues Society, also known as the King Biscuit Blues Festival, was established in 1987 to promote and preserve the cultural heritage of the Arkansas Delta Blues through educational programs and live music events. In 2010 , the Payton Clark Memorial Bit o Blues stage and children’s area was added to honor the passing of this teenage Blues performer. Bit o Blues has since included performances by youth under the age of 18, the Arkansas Game & Fish Tank, drum lessons and performances by Zenze the African Drummer, recycled arts & crafts and a free harmonica and lesson from Dave Bernstein.
In Their Own Words: Roughly 50% of the Blues performers are from a 75 mile radius of Helena-West Helena. King Biscuit strives to include as many local performers as possible to give them a chance to perform along side of nationally and internationally known Blues musicians on one of the largest Blues venues in the country. Without events like King Biscuit Blues Festival, most residents would have little exposure to Blues musicians. We believe the children’s area is important for our young people to be able to enjoy the blues fest and learn more about the blues and their heritage.
Heifer USA supports local Arkansas Farmers
Geographic Footprint: Heifer USA works with farmers in Arkansas. These farmers are located in four clusters—Central, Western, Northern & Eastern—which allows for increased efficiency for aggregating, transporting and delivering healthy, local food from Arkansas. Because of their close proximity, these farmers can also connect and learn from each other.
Community Partners: Financing Ozarks Rural Growth & Economy (FORGE), Southern Bancorp Community Partners, National Sustainable Agricultural Information Society
Summary: Astronomy is of major interest to young people, yet little time is devoted to astronomy in natural science courses in Arkansas. The Museum of Discovery seeks to ignite a passion for astronomy by providing one-of-a-kind educational presentations in a Mobile Sky Dome Planetarium. This dynamic, interactive program will allow students and educators across Arkansas to embark on a 45-minute journey through the universe – without ever having to leave their schools. A state-of-the-art digital planetarium projector and laser pointer allows educators to guide students through the stars of the Northern Hemisphere. Students witness the night sky in different seasons and from different global perspectives and learn how to identify every planet in our solar system. All presentations are tailored for each age group (K-8) with appropriate academic content.
In Their Own Words: With the addition of a state-of-the-art Mobile Sky Dome Planetarium, the Museum of Discovery will be able to serve more Arkansas students than ever before through our successful outreach programs. The Museum of Discovery educators strive to serve a total of 25,000 Arkansas students each year through our innovative outreach programs that complement what students learn in the classroom to promote life-long learning in STEM.
Second Quarter, FY 2016 (Ferncliff, Haven House, Little Rock Zoo, Thrive)
Third Quarter, FY 2016 (AR Access to Justice, Butterfly House, iCan of AR, Presbyterian Village)
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