Pope County Community Foundation

Pope County Community Foundation was founded in 2001 as an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation. It is a charitable nonprofit organization with a local board of directors that provides the framework for implementation of solutions that improve the lives of the people of Pope County.

By working to attract endowment gifts from individuals/families, business, organizations, even private foundations or charitable trusts, the local Community Foundation serves as the steward of community assets. Meanwhile the dividends, through grants, address community needs and opportunities in perpetuity. Perpetuity is a word that should catch everyone’s attention, creating a permanent source – forever – to address community priorities by making grants to support charitable programs that work for the people of Pope County.  

In nationwide surveys Arkansans always rank near the top in giving. We feel comfortable in saying there is no greater opportunity to give than through an endowment that will benefit your specific interest or projects with the assurance that your charitable intent will be fulfilled in perpetuity.  

The local Board of Directors strives to represent all segments of the county with members not only from the Russellville area, but throughout Pope County.  The board is always open to, in fact seeking, those with a heart for giving of their time and talent to assist in creating and fulfilling a program that best improves the lives of our residents.

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

Giving Tree Grant Cycle

Giving Tree Grant cycle opens January 10th, 2022 and closes February 15th, 2022. Grants during this cycle are made to support a variety of causes based on changing community needs. All 501c3 nonprofits, schools, churches, hospitals, or government agencies that meet this specific requirement are encouraged to apply. Grants range from $500 to $2,000.00. Go to https://www.arcf.org/apply-for-giving-tree-grants/ to fill out an application. If you have any questions, contact Madelyn Ginsberg at 479-970-7594 or popecounty@arcf.org.

Local Giving Tree Grants Support Nonprofits Working in and for Pope County

Pope County Community Foundation announced today $22,886.90 in Giving Tree Grants for nonprofits in Pope and Yell Counties. “As everyone is aware, COVID greatly impacted the world this past year ,” said Madelyn Ginsberg, executive director of the Pope County affiliate. “This year’s grant awards were mainly for basic human needs such as shelter, food, and toiletries and funds to help process those needs such as computers. Grant awards will also be used to help with this by purchasing computers to better help clients and for commercial appliances in the preparation of food for people who are hungry. We based our grants on those needs.”

“Our Giving Tree program helps Arkansans support a variety of important needs in their own hometowns,” said Heather Larkin, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Funding for our Giving Tree grants comes from local individuals and families who want to improve their community. We invest their donations in endowments that provide a permanent source of funding for local charitable causes.”

Grant recipients include:

• All Saints Episcopal Church
• CASA of the 5th Judicial District
• Choices Pregnancy
• Main Street Mission
• Atkins Elementary PTO
• Augsburg Food Pantry
• Equestrian Zone
• Hector Cumberland Presbyterian Church
• Manna House
• MARVA Workshop
• McElroy House
• Ozark Rape Crisis, Russellville
• River Valley Christian Clinic
• River Valley Disabled Veterans
• River Valley Shelter for Battered Women and Children
• Royal Family Kid’s Camp
• Russ Bus
• Sharing and Caring, Inc
• Boys and Girls Clubs

Board Members

Fe Barton

Bud Gunter

Vice Chair

Bob Hardin

Ron Knost

Todd Meimerstorf

Carol Mobley


Lisa Price

Jared Wood

(Left to right.) Todd Meimerstorf, Lisa Price, Bob Hardin, Bud Gunter, vice chairman, Carol Mobley, Chairman, Fe Barton, Jared Wood. Not pictured is Ron Knost.