A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
The following are gifts of $100,000 or more that were announced to the public or reported on the most recent 990 tax forms grant-making foundations must file with the Internal Revenue Service. The list was compiled by the Times; the precise number of gifts of $100,000 or more in Arkansas is likely to be larger.
COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, SCHOOLS
University of Arkansas Foundation/University of Arkansas
$6 million from the Trinity Foundation of Pine Bluff for the School of Engineering; $4,611,595 from the Windgate Foundation of Siloam Springs for the College of Education and Health Professions; $3.1 million for operations and $1.8 million in capital from the Winthrop Rockefeller Trust to the UA's Winthrop Rockefeller Center, part of the trust's $50 million commitment to the center; $2 million from the Tyson Family Foundation to the Walton College of Business to endow a chair in faith and spirituality in the workplace, to be matched by the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation, for a total of $4 million; three grants totaling $1,550,228 from the Walton Family Foundation; $500,000 from the Windgate Foundation of Siloam Springs for the UA's Great Expectations of Arkansas program; $300,000 from the Winthrop Rockefeller Trust; $250,000 for the Garrison chair in finance and $187,500 for the Garrison chair in accounting from the Thomas and Natalie Garrison Foundation of Fayetteville; $120,000 from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation to implement the Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series at six campuses in the state university system.
Arkansas State University, Jonesboro
$14.5 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to build a new health sciences center on campus; $575,000 from Jim McClure, $500,000 of which will help build a convention center on the ASU-Mountain Home campus.
John Brown University, Siloam Springs
$11,746,000 for the Walton International Scholarship Program from the Walton Family Foundation; a pledge of $10 million in matching funds from an anonymous donor for student scholarships and programs; grants totaling $2,228,203 from the Windgate Foundation of Siloam Springs; $250,000 to fund scholarships from the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation.
The University of the Ozarks, Clarksville
$11,974,000 for the Walton International Scholarship Program from the Walton Family Foundation; $592,000 from the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation of Fayetteville for its endowment fund.
University of Central Arkansas, Conway
$3 million from the estate of Mary Ellen White Crow and Jake Crow of Elaine; $1 million from the Windgate Foundation of Siloam Springs for endowed art scholarships.
Harding University, Searcy
$11,625,000 for the Walton International Scholarship Program from the Walton Family Foundation.
Northwest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville
$4 million challenge grant from the Walton Family Foundation to build a center for entrepreneurship (2005); $2 million from the Jack Shewmaker family for expansion; $123,500 from the Care Foundation.
Hendrix College, Conway
$908,091 from the Murphy Foundation of El Dorado for operations; $500,000 from the Windgate Charitable Foundation of Siloam Springs for art scholarships; $150,000 for scholarship support from the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation; $100,000 from the Trinity Foundation of Pine Bluff for its building fund.
National Park Community College, Hot Springs
A pledge of $1.5 million from Frederick M. Dierks to build the Frederick M. Dierks Center for Nursing and Health Sciences.