Faulkner County Community Foundation

Gloria Cheshier, Executive Director
1315 College Ave.
Conway, AR 72033

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Founded in 2001, Arkansas Community Foundation of Faulkner County serves the communities of Conway, Greenbrier, Mayflower, Vilonia and the surrounding areas located within Faulkner County.  During our 16 years of service, we have returned to the community over $2.6 million in grants.   

It is inspiring to see how individuals, families, organizations, businesses and groups, each with their own charitable vision, come together to build a better Arkansas.  Recognizing a need in the community and believing that positive change is possible, our donors work to improve our neighborhoods, towns and county by creating funds with Arkansas Community Foundation.  It is our goal to make this a simple process, repeated over and over again in Faulkner County. 

Our mission is to engage people, connect resources and inspire solutions that help build Faulkner County and enable it to remain the place that our kids will want to raise their kids. Our board members are your neighbors, our funds have been created by hard-working people just like you, and through the services available to us through the statewide system, we engage smart giving to support vital causes within our local area.  We make giving easy for everyone who has a heart for Arkansas.  Contact us to learn more about how you can be a part of our important work.

Local Board Members

Members of the 21-member Faulkner County Advisory Board are:

  • Jerry Adams
  • Jennifer Bell
  • Amber Bobo
  • Joey Brown
  • Bo Conner
  • Susan DeBoard
  • Heather Edwards
  • Charlotte Green    
  • Don Greenland, Immediate Past Chair
  • Eric Hutchinson
  • Darren Irby
  • Joyce Miller
  • Frank Mitchell
  • Charles Nabholz
  • Shellie O'Quinn
  • Bobby Riggs, Chair
  • Bill Roberts
  • Jeannie Stroth, Vice Chair
  • Bill Tobias
  • Charles Weaver
  • Jennifer Welter


Honored Friend of the Board

  • Ros Smith

Grant Opportunities


The Arkansas Community Foundation of Faulkner County administers a number of scholarships including:

  • The Toad Suck Daze Get Smart Challenge Scholarships for graduating seniors from Faulkner County schools who plan to attend Central Baptist College, Hendrix College, Pulaski Technical College, University of Central Arkansas, or the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton.    
  • The Anne Pressly Scholarship Endowment was created in memory of broadcast journalist Anne Pressly of Little Rock.  Female students from around the state who are planning a career in broadcast journalism are eligible to apply.  
  • Additional scholarships available through the high school counseling office are:  Jon Robbins Memorial Scholarship for Conway High School students, and the Phillip Weaver Scholarship and the Charles and Linda Weaver Scholarship for Vilonia High School students.
  • Scholarship applications for Toad Suck Daze Scholarships and the Anne Pressly Scholarship are accepted online beginning February 1 of each year. Learn more >> 

Giving Tree Grants

Faulkner County Giving Tree grants are for general charitable purposes. Nonprofits, schools, government agencies and other charitable organizations serving Faulkner County may apply. Applications are accepted January 10 - February 15 each year.  Approximately $20,000 is awarded each year and grants typically range from $500 to $3,000. Learn more >

Venture Philanthropy Grants

Our Faulkner County board members also work throughout the year to identify needs in the areas of health and wellness, quality of education, basic needs and community responsibility.  Venture Philanthropy Grants are awarded to area nonprofit agencies for projects which may be small but are considered to have a large impact.   An example is a recent $215 grant made to the Faulkner County Museum Commission to serve as a match for a statewide grant to restore the windows in their historic facility.   Grants range from $100 to $2000 and are available throughout the year.  Inquire by email to


2016 Smart Giving to Improve Communities in Faulkner County

Our Smart Giving to Improve Communities event recaps the activities of Arkansas Community Foundation of Faulkner County. You can find a full list of our funds and grants for the 2016 fiscal year, along with information on how ArkansasGives 2016 affected Faulkner County.   CLICK HERE TO REVIEW SMART GIVING IN FAULKNER COUNTY

2017 Smart Giving to Improve Communities in Faulkner County

Our Smart Giving to Improve Communities booklet recaps the activities of Arkansas Community Foundation of Faulkner County. You can find a full list of our funds and grants for the 2016 fiscal year, along with results of ArkansasGives 2017 in Faulkner County.  CLICK HERE TO REVIEW OUR 2017 SMART GIVING IN FAULKNER COUNTY BOOKLET. 

Generosity of Faulkner County Confirmed through Grant Awards and ArkansasGives

2017 Stop Hunger Grant Supports Work of the Conway Ministry Center

 Hunter explained they have created a 5000 sq. ft. “shopping mall” within their building, following the model of a test project in Oklahoma City, where they assist those in need by helping them make good choices selecting their food rather than receiving a pre-packaged food box.  A case worker helps the client select options, calls them by name (rather than numbers), and works to develop a relationship.  Each month, they serve about 400 different people.  King explained with our $2500 grant, they purchased canned protein.  Each month they distribute 1000 cans of meat.  By purchasing in bulk and working with the AR Food Bank, they were able to purchase a five-month supply. 


Look at all the smiling faces!  This photo, taken at our 2017 Celebration of Giving Luncheon, captures some of our nonprofit leaders who received grants for their organizations from the Community Foundation this year.

In its 16th year, the Faulkner County affiliate office of Arkansas Community Foundation celebrated a milestone returning over $1 million to the community through its work with generous donors and the nonprofits they support.  The local Community Foundation advisory board directed grants assisted 20 local nonprofits with awards totaling $30,935; its 50 donor-driven component funds made additional awards of $439,174, and its online giving day, Arkansas Gives, returned $602,770. 

2017 Arkansas Gives Day

The Board was especially proud of the generosity of Faulkner County donors expressed on Arkansas Gives Day 2017.  This giving event presented by the Arkansas Community Foundation was an overwhelming success for Faulkner County nonprofits who seized the chance to rally donors, raise funds and create a buzz.  Government leaders all across the county proclaimed April 6, 2017, as Arkansas Gives Day and when the dust settled, forty-seven nonprofits who are based in Faulkner County had raised $602,769.84.  Attesting to the generosity of our donors, this was the most dollars raised in any Arkansas county!   Added to the previous two years, Arkansas Gives distributed $975,948.32 to our area’s nonprofits over its three-year history.

Topping the list with most donations in 2017 was H.A.V.E.N. House who increased their total by winning statewide prize money taking second place for most dollars in the mid-size category.  St. Joseph School also tapped into the prize money with second place in most dollars raised in the large nonprofit category and most dollars raised in the Education category.  


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Fax: (501) 372-1166
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Little Rock, AR 72202

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