Special Programs

Partnerships Boost Statewide Impact

When special program opportunities arise, Arkansas Community Foundation works with trusted partners to improve our communities. Some of the partnerships include: 

  • Excel by Eight
  • Arkansas Impact Philanthropy

Excel by Eight  

Arkansas Community Foundation partners with Excel by Eight to help Arkansas students read at grade level by the end of third grade. The Foundation is focusing attention on the need to reach grade-level proficiency through grants to chronic absence prevention, summer learning opportunities, kindergarten readiness, parent involvement and classroom instruction.

Arkansas Impact Philanthropy

We’re stronger when we work together. That’s the idea behind Arkansas Impact Philanthropy (AIP), a team of foundations and businesses who award grant dollars in Arkansas. The Community Foundation serves as the “home” of AIP as well as a member of its steering committee. Together, AIP members work toward a more inclusive Arkansas where everyone thrives, looking for key issues member organizations can support together to move Arkansas forward. Since its founding in 2017, AIP has focused on ensuring a fair and accurate count for the Arkansas 2020 census and providing health and educational support for children during the critical early childhood years.  

Contact our community investment staff to learn more

Lauren Morris

Program Director


Annetta Tirey