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, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation, announced the recipients of their Giving Tree Grants for nonprofits in Pope and Yell Counties.

"This year we had forty-one applications for the Giving Tree grants,” said Madelyn Ginsberg, executive director of the Pope County affiliate. “Our board of directors spent hours poring over these applications and deciding on where the funds would be best spent.”

“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.”

The following are the 2022 Giving Tree grant recipients:

o CASA of the 5th Judicial District
o Community Connections
o Equestrian Zone Grant 1
o Equestrian Zone Grant 2
o Habitat for Humanity, Pope County
o Hector CP Church
o Manna House
o Marva Workshop
o Ozark Rape Crisis, Inc
o Pope County Law Enforcement Explorers
o Quilts of Valor Foundation
o River Valley Adult Learning Alliance
o River Valley Christian Clinic
o River Valley Disabled American Veterans
o River Valley Food 4 Kids
o River Valley Shelter for Women and Kids
o Russ Bus
o Russellville Lion’s club
o Sharing and Caring, Inc.
o The Call

The following grants were also funded by individual board members and endowments:

o NovaStar Animal Rescue
Martha Barber Animal Welfare Endowment
o Girl Scouts – Diamonds of AR, OK and TX
PCCF board member will fund
o Royal Family Kids Camp of Pope County
PCCF board member will fund
o Salvation Army
PCCF board member will fund

Board Members

Fe Barton

Bud Gunter

Vice Chair

Bob Hardin

Ron Knost

Clay McCall

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 and Clay McCall.