Pope County Community Foundation Announces Giving Tree Grants at Donor Reception
Russellville, Ark. (April 10, 2014) – Pope County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation, announced $24,000.00 in Giving Tree Grants for nonprofits in Pope County. These grant awards were presented at the Donor Reception on April 10th at the River Valley Arts Center.
The donor reception was well attended by donors to the community foundation, Giving Tree Grant recipients, and area dignitaries. Ms Linda Carnahan, chair of the board of directors, and Mr Bucky Croom, board member, greeted the audience and updated them on what is happening within the community foundation. Special speakers were Sabra Bartlett of Pope/Yell County Single Parent Scholarships and Elisabeth MacPeek of The Call of Pope County. Mr Croom then announced the grant recipients.
“Our board of directors had the daunting job of selecting the organizations that would receive the grants and put a lot of time into stretching the money as far as possible. They focused on the greatest need at this time in our community,” said Madelyn Ginsberg, executive director of the Pope County affiliate. Many of the grants were for projects that were made possible only by receiving the Giving Tree grants.
“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:
Alzheimer’s Arkansas Program :
Establish a “Resource Presence in Pope County
Arkansas Discovery Network : Race for Planet X Mobile Museum in
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Arkansas River Valley :
Purchase baseball/softball pitching machines
CASA of the 5th Judicial District : Christmas Party for Foster Children
Community Service Youth Foundation : First Tee Program for Area
Equestrian Zone : Care of one equine partner for one year
Habitat for Humanity of Pope County :
Purchase building materials for third home
Pope / Yell County Single Parent Scholarship :
Scholarships for living expenses
River Valley Arts Center : Professional Storytellers for Schools
River Valley Christian Clinic : Pharmacy Stock and Diabetic Supplies
Royal Family Kids’ Camp of Pope County :
Two scholarships for foster children to attend summer camp
Senior companion Program :
Providing support to homebound by seniors 55 and older
The Call in Pope County :
Purchase a laptop, projector, screen and speakers
The Salvation Army : Utility assistance
Pope County Community Foundation makes grants through the Giving Tree program annually. The next grant cycle will begin in January 2015. More information about Community Foundation grants is available at www.arcf.org.
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 support 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 $108 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.