2018 Annual Report: Smart Giving Together

Letter from Heather Larkin, President & CEO 

With every year that passes, I realize the scope of our work at Arkansas Community Foundation is propelled by the generosity and hard work of those who came before us.  Learning from the past and with an eye on the future, we can build a more vibrant Arkansas for those who will follow. 

One thing we have learned over the years, is that better information leads to better problem solving. In 2018, the Community Foundation launched the new edition of Aspire Arkansas, an online, county-by-county indicators report about the quality of life in our state. We consider this resource to be one of the most important tools we can provide to Arkansans. As we work with other organizations and individuals to identify the important needs in our community, we can continue to identify solutions in which we can all play a role. 
Over the past 42 years, the Community Foundation together with our fundholders, state and local board members and staff, has given more than $220 million in grants since its inception in 1976. Nearly $42 million of those grants were made this year alone. As we look to the future, Arkansas Community Foundation will continue to grow its impact and to help generous people identify special ways to support the causes that improve our communities. 

While we honor the past and look to the future, the one constant is that our neighbors’ generosity continues to inspire us at the Community Foundation. We are constantly reminded that our work would not be possible without the commitment to a better Arkansas shown by our donors, fundholders, and partners. We know giving looks different for everyone, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to provide an assortment of smart giving options. 

Together, we have the power to improve our communities. Together, we can identify and respond to needs to help Arkansas exceed its potential. We look forward to our continued work with you.

With gratitude, 

Heather Larkin 
President & CEO 
Arkansas Community Foundation 


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2018 Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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
Laurinda Rainey of Bentonville
Philip Tappan of Little Rock
Robert Thompson of Paragould
Estella Tullgren of Mountain Home

2018 Central Office Staff

Central Office Staff, FY2018


Katy Bland, Office Administrator

Ashley Coldiron, Chief Development Officer

Jody Dilday, Development Director

Lisa Duckworth, Finance & Grants Associate

Trina Greuel, Finance Director

Bethany Hilkert, Donor Stewardship Officer

Jane Jones, Program Officer

Sarah Kinser APR, Chief Program Officer

Heather Larkin, President & CEO

Corey Moline CPA, Chief Financial Officer

Lauren Morris, Affiliate Program Director

Nickole Perry, Staff Accountant

Lindsey Simmons, Planned Giving Director

Rhonna Wade, Affiliate Human Resources Director

Lea Whitlock, Communications Director

2017 Affiliate Staff

Affiliate Executive Directors, FY2018

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 — Keeli Smith 
Delta Area — Pat Post
Faulkner County — Shelley Mehl 
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

*Outgoing Executive Director

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

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