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Lauren Morris Joins Arkansas Community Foundation As Affiliate Program Director

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Nov. 29, 2017) – Lauren Morris of Little Rock recently joined Arkansas Community Foundation as Affiliate Program Director. The Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. 

“Lauren will be responsible for building the capacity of the Foundation’s affiliate system through training, coaching and facilitating peer-to-peer networks,” said Heather Larkin, Community Foundation President and CEO. “She will work with staff and local advisory boards to build their effectiveness as strategic grantmakers and philanthropic leaders.”

Previously Morris was project coordinator for a new initiative through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service that worked with local coalitions to guide policy, systems and environmental changes to make healthier Arkansas communities.  

Morris studied international public health and received a Master in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health in 2008. She worked with school-based programs as a Nutrition and Physical Activity Specialist for Save the Children US Programs in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. Morris served as Deputy Director for Arkansas, Kansas and Nebraska to address early childhood, K-5 literacy, childhood nutrition and physical activity programs. 

By making grants and sharing knowledge, the Community Foundation supports 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 $179 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 28 affiliates are fully tax deductible.






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