2017 Annual Report: A Natural State of Giving

Arkansas is consistently among the top tier of states when giving is tallied nationally. That’s been the case for decades, and it has always been a source of pride. 

Building on that giving spirit, Arkansas Community Foundation helps the citizens and organizations of our state channel their giving information on how to get the best return on their charitable investments. Since its inception in 1976, those charitable investments in Arkansas nonprofits total more than $179 million dollars. The Foundation’s $335 million in assets ensures the impact of giving will only grow stronger. That positive impact is fueled by three strategies.

First, we know that better information leads to better charitable giving decisions. Through Aspire Arkansas, we provide county-by-county information on critical issues that ensures giving is strategically targeted to improve our communities.

Second, the Community Foundation encourages us all to “give where we live.” We believe in centralized stewardship of funds that are distributed locally through our 28 affiliates. More than 400 local advisory board members in those affiliates use their expertise in their community to make positive local change, while a strong statewide board of directors helps keep us on course.

And finally, the Foundation’s positive impact is fueled by engagement with you — people who are determined to work with us and use their limited resources to meet unlimited needs.

Thanks to the strong tradition of giving in the Natural State, Arkansas Community Foundation is thriving, and thanks to you — our friends, partners and donors — we are building stronger Arkansas communities every day!

With gratitude,
Heather Larkin
President and CEO


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2017 Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Left to right: Robert Thompson, Carolyn Blakely, Paige Partridge-Hix, Philip Tappan, Eric Hutchinson, Don Greenland, Heather Larkin, Ramsay Ball, Robert Zunick, Charlotte Brown, Steve Nipper and Dennis Hunt. Not pictured: Jackson Farrow, Andy Peeler, Estella Tullgren and Alyson Bradford-White.

Below is a list of our statewide board members. For a list of members of each of the 28 local affiliate advisory boards, visit

Robert Zunick of Hot Springs, Chair
Ramsay Ball of Bentonville
Carolyn Blakely of Pine Bluff
Alyson Bradford-White of White Hall
Charlotte Brown of Little Rock
Jackson Farrow of Little Rock
Don Greenland of Conway
Dennis Hunt of Fayetteville
Eric Hutchinson of Conway
Steve Nipper of Magnolia
Paige Partridge-Hix of Fayetteville
Andy Peeler of Jonesboro
Samuel Scruggs* of Blytheville
Philip Tappan of Little Rock
Robert Thompson of Paragould
Estella Tullgren of Mountain Home

2017 Central Office Staff

Central Office Staff, FY2017

Front row, left to right: Lisa Duckworth, Lindsey Simmons, Lea Whitlock, Trina Greuel, Heather Larkin, Stacia DeWitt, Rhonna Wade, Sarah Kinser. Back row, left to right: Jody Dilday, Jane Jones, Christine Westbrook Pickell, Corey Moline, Katy Bland and Ashley Coldiron. Not pictured: Lauren Morris.


Heather Larkin, President & CEO
Katy Bland, Office Administrator
Ashley Coldiron, Chief Development Officer
Stacia DeWitt, Planned Giving and Legal Affairs Director
Jody Dilday, Development Director
Lisa Duckworth, Finance & Grants Associate
Trina Greuel, Finance Director
Jane Jones Program Officer
Sarah Kinser APR, Chief Program Officer
Corey Moline CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Lauren Morris, Affiliate Program Director (Joined in FY2018)
Christine Westbrook Pickell, Staff Accountant
Lindsey Simmons, Donor Stewardship Director
Rhonna Wade, Affiliate Human Resources Director
Lea Whitlock, Communications Director

2017 Affiliate Staff


Affiliate Executive Directors, FY2017

Front row, left to right: Joyce Whitfield, Lucy Smith, Madelyn Ginsberg, Gloria Cheshier, Stephanie Wyatt, Dana Stewart, Darby Waites, Gwen Khayat and Kathy Phillips. Second row, left to right: Pat Post, Karen Arnold, Nickie Bell, Katie Tennant, Robyn Jayroe, Kerri Watson and Phyllis Stinson. Back row, left to right: Kim Harrison, John Gibson, Pettus Kincannon, John Conner and Ken Cox. Not pictured: Stephanie Dunn, Lawrence Fikes, Jennifer McCracken, Jackie Ott, Janet Rider-Babbitt, Janell Robertson and Barbara Weinstock.

Our affiliates work locally in every corner of Arkansas. For local contact
information, visit

Carroll County — Janell Robertson
Clark County — Karen Arnold
Cleburne County — Kathy Phillips
Columbia County — Janet Rider-Babbitt
Conway County — John Gibson
Craighead County — Barbara Weinstock
Cross County — Jennifer McCracken
Delta Area — Pat Post
Faulkner County — Gloria Cheshier
Fayetteville Area — Katie Tennant
Greene County — Kerri Watson
Hot Springs Area — Joyce Whitfield
Hot Springs Village — Kim Harrison
Johnson County — Jackie Ott
Lee County — Lucy Smith
Mississippi County — Nickie Bell
Monroe County — Phyllis Stinson
Ouachita Valley — Stephanie Wyatt
Phillips County — Darby Waites
Pine Bluff Area — Lawrence Fikes
Pope County — Madelyn Ginsberg
Sharp County — Stephanie Dunn
Southeast Arkansas — John Conner
St. Francis County — Robin Jayroe
Texarkana Area — Ken Cox
Twin Lakes — Gwen Khayat
Western Arkansas — Pettus Kincannon
White County — Dana Stewart

Our affiliate offices work locally in every corner of Arkansas. Find the affiliate near you.

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