Craighead County Community Foundation 

Barbara Weinstock, Executive Director 
407 Union Street 
Jonesboro, AR 72401 
870-761-1117 (c)

Craighead County Community Foundation is your local philanthropic resource, connecting charitably inclined individuals with the needs of their community.

Our mission is to engage people, connect resources and inspire solutions that build Craighead County, so that this is the kind of community in which our children want to raise their children. Please contact us to learn how we can help you be part of this mission.

Local Board Members

2017-2018 Board of Directors

Melissa Ayers
Craig Boone
Al Brodell
Braun Campbell
Joan Cash
Jennifer Clack
Richard Freer
Susan Garner
Gina Gomez
Blake Johnson
Nate Looney
Tad Margolis
Roger McNeil
Lisa Melton Jackson
Phillip Poston
Kim Provost
Steve Rockwell
Skip Smith
Denise Snider
Barbara Weinstock
Lonnie Williams


Caroline Cameron
Ruby Chittenden
Andy Peeler
Jeffrey Puryear
Peggy Stripling

Grant Opportunities

Giving Tree Grants

Grants for general charitable purposes. Nonprofits, government agencies and other charitable organizations serving Craighead County may apply. Applications are accepted July 10 - August 15 each year. Learn more >>

CCCF was honored this year to receive 26 applications for our Giving Tree Grants. There are so many groups in Northeast Arkansas doing amazing work. We wish we could fund them all. We look forward to seeing the good that these groups will do with their grant funds.

· Beck PRIDE Center (through the ASU Foundation) - Paws for Vets provides veterans with assistance animals along with supplies and training.

· Arkansas Support Network—Disability family support

· CASA of the 2nd Judicial District of Arkansas - Adoption Program

· CityYouth Ministries - Reading skills program

· Community Emergency Service Center—Senior Food Program

· Food Bank of NEA—Backpack Program

· Foundation of Arts—Sponsorship of Spring Program

· Helping Neighbors Food Pantry - Kids pack program

· Hispanic Community Services, Inc. - Van for children’s program

· Out of the Dark - Drug Prevention Programs

· Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Craighead County - Single parent student scholarships

· The Learning Center of NEA - iPads and apps for developing verbal skills

· United Way of NEA - Free tax service initiative

· Women’s Foundation of Arkansas— STEM programming for girls


Stop Hunger Endowment

"Our goal is to build relationships where there is food insecurity, boost community support for the need and become a catalyst for making change." 

-Dick Freer, chair of the Craighead Community Foundation Hunger Committee

Craighead Community Foundation is committed to combating hunger in our community and you can help.

Our Stop Hunger Endowment has granted over $20,000 throughout the past eight years to organizations committed to feeding hungry people in our area. By donating to our Stop Hunger Endowment, you're permanently investing in the future work of hunger programs in Craighead County. 

By making a donation to the Stop Hunger Endowment for Craighead County, you can join in the fight against hunger. 

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Time to apply for Scholarships!

How to Apply

• We accept applications for most of our scholarships each year from Feb. 1 - April 1.
• First, browse our scholarship listing to find scholarships for which you qualify. Be sure to write down the names of the scholarships you plan to apply for.
• Then, go to our online application portal to apply. You'll first have to create a username and password to establish your account, and then you'll be able to submit your application materials online. Use the Students Link above to browse and apply for scholarships.
• Each scholarship has its own criteria and application requirements. Be sure to read carefully and submit a separate application for each scholarship for which you are applying.
• If you need assistance, contact Jane Jones, program officer, at 501-372-1116 or

Dr. Paul T. and Alma A. Stroud Scholarship Endowment

• Amount varies
• Apply: online
• Pre-medicine student currently attending Arkansas State University who has been accepted to medical school. Must be a college senior.

Lu Nedrow Graduate Scholarship Endowment
• $500
• Apply: Online
• For a member of the Epsilon Zeta Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro who is pursuing a graduate degree.

Residents Against Illegal Drugs (R.A.I.D.) Scholarship Endowment
• $1100
• Apply: Online
• Graduating seniors, or anyone currently enrolled in college/graduate school from Craighead County, AR or surrounding areas who pursing a major OR minor in criminology

City Water & Light Employee Scholarship
• $1,000
• Apply: Online
• Children of City Water & Light Employees planning to attend a two- or four-year university, college, or vocational school in Arkansas.

Christy Rankin Memorial Tennis Scholarship Endowment
• $700
• Apply: Online
• Graduating Seniors from Jonesboro High School

Roxanne Keshawarz Cousins Scholarship Endowment
• Varies
• Apply: Online
• Scholarship to graduating seniors of Jonesboro High School who are involved in the theatre program

Schuchardt Family Scholarship Endowment
• $500, Renewable
• Apply: Online
• Graduating senior from Jonesboro High School attending University of Arkansas

Stories of Impact

Give Where You Live

We are continually working on ways to make Craighead County better for all of its citizens. We are honored to work alongside many groups to make this happen. Two of those include the Beck Pride Center and the Two Saints Kitchen. Two Saints Kitchen provides free hot lunches every Saturday to anyone who wants to come. This is a joint ministry of two Jonesboro churches—St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and St. Paul United Methodist Church. It has grown to feeding an average of 50 people each week and serves a vital role in addressing the hunger problem in our community. Derek Barker and his service dog, Nika, are grateful to Paws4Vets for bringing them together. Nika has saved Derek from an inability to function in the face of debilitating night terrors, isolation and episodes of disassociation following five deployments in Iraq and Afganistan. CCCF is grateful to the Sloan Rainwater Endowment for enabling us to support this vitally important support work for returning veterans through the Beck PRIDE Center (


Arkansas Community Foundation Offers Special Incentive Match for Gifts From IRAs

Arkansas Community Foundation is currently matching, dollar for dollar, IRA Charitable Rollover gifts made into any of its Giving Tree funds or endowments. The match pool is limited to $50,000, so matches will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis until the pool is depleted or June 30, 2018, whichever comes first. 

Any IRA Charitable Rollover gift made to the Craighead County Giving Tree fund or endowment at the Community Foundation is eligible to receive match dollars. 


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