Despite sharp declines in foundation assets and individual worth, the charitable giving scene in Arkansas has had its high points. It was a good year for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, which received a $33.4 million gift from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to add four floors to the Reynolds Institute on Aging, the second largest gift UAMS has ever received. The Reynolds Foundation also awarded a $9.2 million challenge grant to the Museum of Discovery for updating the Clinton Avenue museum and its exhibits; MOD has five years to raise $3.5 million to match. The Winthrop Rockefeller Trust awarded a total of $9.6 million to the University of Arkansas for the Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain and approved future payments to the institute of $21.5 million.

Here's a look at other six-figure gifts from individuals, grant-making foundations as reported on their 2008 tax returns, and awards made public in 2009. 



The Willard and Pat Walker Foundation donated $3.75 million to UAMS toward the construction of the new tower at the Winthrop Rockefeller Cancer Research Institute and $100,000 for event sponsorship.


The Stella Boyle Smith Trust donated $1 million to Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation to support construction of the hospital's South Wing.


The Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation pledged $1 million to Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville.


Don Tyson and the Tyson Family Foundation, the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation and Johnelle Hunt each gave $500,000 to the Northwest Arkansas campus of UAMS, to be located in the former Washington Regional Medical Center facility in Fayetteville. The Care Foundation donated $500,000 as a challenge gift to leverage smaller gifts for the development of the northwest campus, and the Walton Family Foundation gave $300,000 to the effort.


Partners Investing in Nursing's Future (PIN) gave the Arkansas Community Foundation a $250,000 grant to be matched by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care to drive a program to unify the state's geriatric nursing programs. The UAMS College of Nursing will receive the bulk of the funds.


The Care Foundation gave $200,000 to the Community Clinic at St. Francis House NWA.


The Winthrop Rockefeller Trust donated $200,000 to Arkansas Children's Hospital for special needs children.



The Walton Family Foundation awarded a $4.5 million grant to the Arkansas Public School Resource Center, which will provide assistance to charter and rural school districts. It also awarded:

• $2.9 million to the Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Sciences grant to match a $13.2 million grant AAIMC received last year from ExxonMobil.

• $1.6 million to e-STEM public charter schools.

• $940,090 to the University of Central Arkansas Foundation.

• $933,500 to the Northwest Arkansas Community College Foundation Inc.

• $917,090 to the University of Arkansas Foundation.

• $798,733 to the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund

• $408,738 to the Benton County Single Parent Scholarship Fund.

• $240,000 to Arkansas Tech University.

• $229,934 to the Washington County Single Parent Scholarship Fund.

• $215,622 to the Lincoln Public School District.


The Windgate Foundation donated a total of nearly $4 million to John Brown University in 2008 and 2009 as part of a five-year $10 million challenge grant; $600,000 to the University of Arkansas, part of a multi-year $2.4 million pledge to the university's School Improvement Programs; $450,000 to JBU for its New Markets Scholarships; $423,000 to JBU's Soderquist Center of Leadership and Ethics; $210,000 to an ordained couples retreat at JBU, and $200,000 to the JBU multipurpose arena.



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