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Big gifts of 2008, ’09.

RECORD GIFT: The Reynolds Foundation will help UAMS add four floors to the Institute on Aging.
  • RECORD GIFT: The Reynolds Foundation will help UAMS add four floors to the Institute on Aging.

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. 

 

MEDICAL

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.

 

EDUCATION

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.

 

The estate of Octa N. High, a West Memphis high school science teacher, gave $3 million to the University of Arkansas to endow scholarships in anthropology, biology, chemistry and biochemistry.

 

Gordon and Sudie A. Worsham of Dallas gave $1 million to Hendrix College for the construction of the Student Life and Technology Center in memory of Gordon Worsham's  mother, Nannie Emily Lasater Worsham, who was head nurse at Hendrix. The Kresge Foundation of Troy, Mich., awarded a challenge grant of $750,000 to Hendrix College to support the center.

 

The Murphy Foundation donated $1.5 million to Hendrix College.

 

The Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation donated $1 million to the University of Arkansas for scholarships, $592,000 to the University of the Ozarks, $500,000 to Southern Arkansas University, and $150,000 to Hendrix College. It pledged another $500,000 to Hendrix (part of a $2 million pledge).

 

The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation awarded grants of $300,000 to the Arkansas Department of Education, $165,000 to Advocates for Community and Rural Education, $100,000 to the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, $100,000 to the Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development District to assist youths in Northwest Arkansas, and $100,000 to Youth Strategies for immigrant youth in Northwest Arkansas.

 

The Charles M. Taylor Foundation donated $200,000 to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for scholarships.

 

Dr. Nancy J. Harm, a retired professor at UALR, donated $166,000 to the university for scholarships for students pursuing a graduate degree in the School of Social Work.

 

The Care Foundation awarded a $120,000 grant to Springdale High School for efforts to increase the graduation rate and $120,000 to the Communication Arts Institute to create videos and curriculum on school-based nutrition.

 

SOCIAL, COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL NEEDS

The Walton Family Foundation donated $2.1 million to Southern Financial Partners, now Southern Bancorp, which makes development loans in the Delta, and made two gifts worth $1.4 million to the Harvey and Bernice Jones Center for Families. It also donated:

• $736,660 to the Bentonville Child Care and Development Center.

• $250,000 to the Illinois River Watershed Partnership.

• $204,323 to the Nature Conservancy, Arkansas Chapter.

 

The Care Foundation donated $500,000 to the Jones Center for Families.

The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation awarded $300,000 over two years to support the Life After High School Project as leverage for $706,000 in federal funds. It also made these awards:

-A total of $277,032 to the Arkansas Public Policy Panel for various projects, $250,000 to Audubon Arkansas, and $279,500 to the Nature Conservancy Arkansas Field Office (all over three years) to support findings in the foundation study, “Water Issues in Arkansas: An Unfinished Story.”

• $175,000 over two years to support the Center for Community Philanthropy, part of the University of Arkansas.

• $175,000 to the Mid-South Delta Local Initiatives Support Corp.

 

The Winthrop Rockefeller Trust donated $267,000 to the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and approved a grant of $4.45 million to the foundation for future payment.

 

The Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation pledged $250,000 to the Jones Center for Families and donated $250,000 to Life Styles of Fayetteville.

 

 

Culture, recreation

The Walton Family Foundation donated $5.1 million to Camp War Eagle. It also donated:

• $793,988 to the Bentonville/Bella Vista Trail Blazers Association Inc. 

• $779,013 to the Walton Arts Center.

• $750,000 to the Rogers Little Theatre.

• $343,290 to the Peel House Foundation.

 

The Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation pledged $500,000 to the Razorback Foundation.

 

The Ross Foundation of Arkadelphia gave $104,750 to Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs for children's programming.

 

The Winthrop Rockefeller Trust donated $100,000 in matching funds to the Museum of Automobiles on Petit Jean.

 

Religion

The Glass Family Foundation donated $475,000 to Benny Hinn Ministries.

 

Corporate giving

The Walmart Foundation awarded UAMS a $1 million grant to renovate the first floor of the former Washington Regional Medical Center hospital into conference space and classrooms for the UAMS Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy. It also gave $250,000 to Arkansas Literacy Councils Inc. to support 50 councils.

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