2015 Grantees and Investments

Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science, Inc. (AAIMS)

$90,000

To support increased communications and research capacity for the Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science, Inc.

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF)

$220,000

To increase AACF’s capacity to carry out their mission to ensure that all children and their families have the resources and opportunities to lead healthy and productive lives and to realize their full potential.

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Inc.

$120,000

To provide state-level policy and advocacy support for the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Community Solutions Initiative

$600,000

To authorize staff to disburse grant funds to the five AR-GLR CSI lead organizations, not to exceed $600,000 over 36 months.

Arkansas Community Foundation (ARCF)

$30,000

To sponsor the YNPN 2015 National Conference hosted by YNPN-LR and improves YNPN-LR’s capacity to provide service, networking, and learning opportunities for emerging nonprofit leaders.

Arkansas Community Foundation (ARCF)

$150,000

To provide local matching dollars for a national Delivering on a Dream fund that supports outreach, legal services, revolving loan funds for eligible immigrants in Arkansas, assistance with applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and other residence, citizenship, and support services.

Arkansas Community Foundation (ARCF)

$50,000

To support the participation of WRF grantees in the ArkansasGives campaign as a tool to increase organizational fundraising.

Arkansas Humanities Council (AHC)

$90,000

To provide mini-grants that support student enrichment programs aligned to the early literacy goal of the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (AR-GLR).

Arkansas Public Policy Panel

$320,000

To support Arkansas Public Policy Panel’s (APPP) capacity to engage low wealth communities in community development and public policy advocacy.

Capacity for Change

$150,000

To support the organizational development of nonprofits working on Moving the Needle 2.0 goals.

Catholic Diocese of Little Rock, Catholic Immigration Services – Little Rock (CISLR)

$100,000

To increase the capacity of CISLR to provide high quality legal immigration services for low-income immigrants.

Communities Unlimited, Inc.

$150,000

To support the successful implementation of the merger of alt.Consulting with Community Resource Group.

Hispanic Community Services, Inc.

$125,000

To build the capacity of Hispanic Community Services, Inc. (HCSI) to support immigrant integration in Northeast Arkansas through the implementation of its strategic communications and business plan.

Just Communities of Arkansas (JCA)

$150,000

To increase Just Communities of Arkansas’s capacity to carry out its mission to build communities in which every person in valued, every voice is heard, and everyone has a fair chance to succeed.

Life Skills for Youth, Inc. (LSY)

$50,000

To help build the capacity of LSY to provide whole family services for children and parents in southwest Little Rock.  The Arkansas Community Foundation will serve as fiscal agent for this initiative.

Lyon College

$125,000

To support enhanced academic, leadership, professional, and social development programming for low-income males.

Migration Policy Institute (MPI)

$40,000

To commission the Migration Policy Institute to complete a study of the number of undocumented youth in Arkansas who could benefit from in-state tuition, as well as potential costs and benefits to the state and institutions of extending in-state tuition to them.

Our House, Inc.

$200,000

To strengthen the implementation of Our House’s strategic plan and creates models for client self-advocacy and increased nonprofit sustainability.

Philanthropy Northwest, Community Democracy Workshop (CDW)

$86,500

To support the continued development of the Foundation’s place-based community change strategy.

SamaUSA, Samaschool

$125,000

To support the expansion of a rural model of workforce training for online careers in the digital economy.

Shorter College

$150,000

To support the development of a campus-based, male-focused recruitment and retention program.

Teach for America, Inc.

$200,000

To support Teach for America’s capacity to bring talented college graduates and young professionals to Arkansas to work in teaching and leadership positions in Arkansas’s highest need communities.

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville – Office of Diversity Affairs

$150,000

To support enhanced academic, leadership, professional, and social development programming for male students of color.

University of Central Arkansas Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED)

$84,000

To support the capacity-building of municipal and nonprofit leaders through regional trainings and place-based technical assistance.

University of Central Arkansas Sponsored Programs

$137,000

To support the University of Arkansas’s research and institutionalization of interventions to increase retention rates for male students of color.

VITA Plus

$247,500

To increase the effectiveness of asset-building strategies in Arkansas through organizations providing Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) to low-income individuals and families.