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Here is our annual honor roll, a look at major grants made by Arkansas foundations in year 2012, the most recent for which 990 tax forms are available, and gifts announced in 2013.
Walton Family Foundation, gifts over $1 million
The foundation's largest grant to an Arkansas institution was $4.9 million given to the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission. Major education grants include $2 million to Arkansans for Education Reform Foundation; $1.3 million to Responsive Education Solutions, $1.2 million to Southern Arkansas University Foundation and $1.1 million to Arkansas AIMS — the Advanced Initiative for Math and Science. Northwest Arkansas grants include $1.7 million to the Bentonville Bella Vista Trailblazers Association; $2.1 million to the Endeavor Foundation; $1.3 million to the Walton Arts Center and $1 million to the Jones Trust. The largest Delta region gifts were $2 million to Southern Bancorp and $1.9 million to Teach for America-Arkansas. The family foundation also contributed $110 million to the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation.
Walton Charitable Support Foundation, gifts over $500,000
The Walton charitable foundation, while smaller than the family foundation, actually awarded a bit more than the family foundation to Arkansas nonprofits, its biggest gift being $21.4 million to the Arkansas Community Foundation. It also gave $1.8 million to the University of the Ozarks, $860,321 to John Brown University and $500,000 to the University of Arkansas Foundation.
The Windgate Charitable Trust, gifts over $250,000
The Siloam Springs foundation provides operating support to John Brown University, including $3 million in 2012 and $1.3 million in 2013, and makes significant gifts to the arts, including 2012 grants and gifts of $441,685 to the Arkansas Arts Center; $1.8 million to the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum; $950,000 challenge grant to the First Assembly of God Church; $500,000 to the Nature Conservancy of Arkansas; $456,000 to the Thea Foundation, $350,000 to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (in two grants) for the Reynolds Institute on Aging and related funds and $250,000 to UAMS for its art acquisition fund.
Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, gifts over $250,000
The foundation gave $2 million challenge grant to the New School in Fayetteville; $1 million to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; $625,000 to Razorback Athletics Answer the Call campaign; $500,000 to Hendrix College; $500,000 to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for scholarship support; $500,000 to the Walton Arts Center for program support; $400,000 to Arkansas Children's Hospital for its capital campaign; $333,333 to UAMS' Jones Eye Institute; $333,333 to UAMS' Institute on Aging; $300,000 to Youth Bridge capital campaign; $250,000 to EOA Children's House capital campaign; $250,000 to the Circle of Life Hospice capital campaign, $250,000 to John Brown University and $250,000 to the University of Arkansas Foundation.
Winthrop Rockefeller Trust, gifts over $250,000
The trust, which is smaller than the foundation, outranked the foundation in giving, including $4.2 million to the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute for operations and $290,000 to the WRI for capital.
The Care Foundation of Springdale, gifts over $250,000
Care, a fund of the Endeavor Foundation, gave $500,000 to the Jones Center for Families, $500,000 to Endeavor, $367,000 to the Springdale School District and $300,000 the University of Arkansas Foundation.
The Endeavor Foundation, gifts over $250,000
The foundation, formerly the Northwest Arkansas Community Foundation, gave $670,000 to the Northwest Arkansas Council.
The Schmeiding Foundation, gifts over $250,000
Schmeiding gave $725,000 to UAMS.
The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, gifts over $1 million
The Reynolds Foundation, created from the estate of the founder of Donrey Media, based in Nevada, makes gifts to Arkansas, Nevada and Oklahoma. In 2012, the foundation made a grant of $14 million to UAMS toward a pledge of $30 million made in 2009; $8 million to the Razorback Foundation toward a $10 million pledge made in 2011 and another $1 million; $7.1 million to the Food Bank of Northwest Arkansas; $5.6 million to the U of A toward a $10 million pledge made in 2010; $2.9 million to the Arkansas Museum of Science and History (the Museum of Discovery); $2.7 million to the Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter, $2.2 million to the Committee Against Spouse Abuse shelter in Pine Bluff and $2.1 million to the Arkansas Foodbank Network.
Roy and Christine Sturgis Trust of Dallas
Roy Sturgis was a native Arkansan and the Dallas trust funds the Sturgis fellowships at the University of Arkansas. In July, it gave $1 million to Hendrix College for completion of athletic facilities.
Individual gifts (announced in 2013)
The Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities, Denise and John York of San Francisco and an anonymous Catholic High alumnus pledged nearly $10 million to Catholic High School's capital campaign.
An anonymous donor gave $6 million to John Brown University for a 20,000-square-foot education building and to endow the university's new nursing program.
Ellen and Don Edmonson made a gift of $1.5 million to Arkansas Children's Hospital for the Cappy and Charlie Whiteside Endowed Fund.
The estate of Betty Anne Lowe gave $1.2 million to ACH to endow and chair in pediatric rheumatology and other endeavors.
Jack R. Jacobs of Tulsa made a planned gift of $1 million to the U of A to endow the Dana Jacobs Memorial Endowed Scholarship in the College of Engineering.
Julian and Nathan Stewart made a $1 million donation to establish the Julian C. and Nana B. Stewart AACE Access Arkansas Scholarships for 10 students annually at the U of A College of Engineering.
Walter and Terry Quinn and the Heartland Bank Foundation gave $1 million to ACH's Children's House for abused children.
Rebecca Rice and Associates gave $1 million to ACH's Children's House.
An anonymous donor gave $1 million to UAMS to establish the Laura Hutchins M.D. Distinguished Chair for the division of hematology/oncology.
Cindy and Charles Fuller gave $707,776 to ACH to endow a chair for the treatment of burns.
J. Floyd Kyser gave $500,000 in honor of Dr. James Suen for a professorship in otolaryngology at UAMS.
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