Community Foundation of Faulkner County

The Community Foundation of Faulkner County supports nonprofit organizations through its educational workshops, grantmaking and philanthropic advice for smart giving. We are in the business of building better communities.

20 Years of Smart Giving

Thanks to the vision of community philanthropists in Faulkner County, Arkansas Community Foundation’s Faulkner County Affiliate opened its doors in 2001.

In its first year, the initial Board raised $70,000, established one donor-created endowment fund, received 21 grant applications, and awarded $10,000 in grants.

As we celebrate our 20th year, we have grown to 75 funds, with assets of $11.2 million and have returned to the community over $5.3 M in grants during the past 19 years.

We are establishing a new tradition of recognizing philanthropy in Faulkner County with the Jerry B. Adams Excellence in Philanthropy Award. The award will be presented at our 20th Anniversary Celebration on October 21st at 6 pm in UCA’s McCastlain Ballroom.  The inaugural honorees are Robert Nabholz, Charles Nabholz and Charles Weaver.

Email Shelley Mehl at Faulknercounty@arcf.org if you are interested in attending this event.  Space is limited.

Click here to learn more about the Jerry B. Adams Excellence in Philanthropy Award. 

Click here to view a list of Giving Tree grant recipients. 

To DONATE to a fund, follow this link to view a complete list of our Faulkner County funds and endowments.

Click here to view this year’s Celebration Tribute video. 

Professional Advisors

Developing a Smart Giving strategy often requires the help of a professional advisor.  These include, but are not limited to accountants, investment advisors, financial planners, wealth managers and attorneys.  If you are a professional advisor in Faulkner County, we will provide free resources and strategies to support the needs of your clients.  If you are developing a Smart Giving plan and need help finding a professional advisor who understands the value of the Arkansas Community Foundation, please contact us.

For more information and resources, click here.

Grant Programs

Grant programs include our annual Giving Tree, Hunger Endowment and Grade Level Reading grants.  Additionally, the advisory board supports Venture Task Force grants which take traditional grantmaking to the next level by seeking and identifying outstanding groups in our community who are doing important work in the Aspire data pillars of health, education, families and community.

The grant application process opens January 10 and closes February 15 and grants are awarded in March.

To get more information on available grants, click here.

To setup an account and apply for these grants, click here.

Scholarships

In Faulkner County, we manage the Jon Robbins Memorial Scholarship, the Toad Suck Get Smart Challenge Scholarship, the Charles and Linda Weaver Scholarship, the Phillip Weaver Scholarship and the Anne Pressly Memorial Scholarship.  Applications will open in February 2021.

To setup an account and apply for these scholarships, click here.

How to Connect with Us

Stay in touch with the impact we are having and people who are having an impact in Faulkner County by following us on Facebook.  Click here to like our page. 

Join our 20-year celebration by adding your email to our email list.  We will be telling our story, highlighting the people who have made a difference and sharing our vision for funding Faulkner County Forever through people committed to Smart Giving to fund and support the non-profits serving our community.  faulknercounty@arcf.org

Contact us to set up a meeting to have a conversation about who we are, who you are and how we can work together to make an impact in Faulkner County.

Board Members

Jerry Adams

(President & CEO, AR Research Alliance)

Richard Bell

Development Committee Chair, (Bell and Company, Accountants)

Joey Brown

(Property Specialist, Stephens, Inc.)

Heather Edwards

(Tabitha Davis Team - Remax First Realty)

Stanley Gordon

(Gordon Financial Services)

Cora Gray

(SARC Multi Specialty Group)

Dr. Lesley Graybeal-Chair

(Director of Service Learning, UCA)

Don Greenland

(Vice Chair and Strategic Growth Officer, Nabholz Construction Corporation)

Eric Hutchinson

(Vice President, Goldman Sachs Company)

Aaron Knight

Development Committee Chair, (Chief Information Officer, City of Conway)

Joyce Miller

(Retired Counselor)

Jamisa Nuness-Hogan

(Owner, Kids World Child Care Center)

Shellie O'Quinn

(City of Greenbrier)

Dr. Charlotte Parham

(Professor, UCA)

Barrett Petty, PhD

Grants Committee Chair, (Petty Consulting Group)

Yolanda Rhine

(Conway Christian School)

Bobby Riggs

Past Chair (Executive Director, Conway Regional Physician Hospital Organization [CRPHO])

Dr. William Roberts

(Physician)

Drew Spurgers

(Kanga Studio)

Pete Tanguay

Communications Committee Chair, (Rock Pond Pros)

Jennifer Welter

(Executive Director, CAPCA)

Jackie Wright- Vice Chair

(Arkansas Public Defender Commission)

Francisco Yanez

(Owner, Las Delicias)