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Care Foundation Invests $1.2M to Help Northwest Arkansas Thrive

April 22, 2014

Grants improve education, health and community resources                                                                     

Care Foundation announced $1,238,313 in grants to ten local organizations that improve quality of life, access to health care, and educational opportunities for families across Northwest Arkansas. In its 15 year history, Care has invested more than $57 million to help address the region’s most pressing needs. Care prioritizes ambitious projects that embrace and promote social equity, demonstrate financial viability and sustainability, and utilize relevant best practices.

"Today's grants will help 290 kids from low-income families start out on the right path early in their lives by providing access to quality pre-K programs. Care's support will offer free preventative dental exams and acute dental services to more than 2,000 uninsured individuals. And thousands more will benefit from individualized attention at school, be given affordable access to health care, and be provided with the community resources they need to succeed and thrive,” said Lisa Ray, President and CEO of Arvest Bank in Springdale and President of Care Foundation's board of directors. ““I am honored to serve as Chair of the Board and look forward to seeing these grants in action in the months ahead.”

The following grants were announced today:

$500,000 in general support for the Jones Center, which provides high-quality and affordable recreational, educational and youth programs, as well as meeting space for families, schools, churches, community groups, and businesses across the region.

$13,100 to support Hispanic Women’s Organization of Arkansas (HWOA), which provides resources to support citizenship, voter registration, and access to community services for Hispanic/Latino families.

$200,000 in general support for the  Community Clinic, which offers low-income and uninsured patients a stable primary care provider to support preventative
health, promote wellness, manage chronic illness, and reduce the need for costlier care such as emergency department visits and hospitalizations.

$50,000 to support the Arkansas State Dental Association’s Arkansas Mission of Mercy (ArMOM) 2-day free dental clinic in Springdale on May 16-17, 2014. This
annual event will provide free preventative and acute dental services (such as extractions, fillings and cleanings) to more than 2,000 low-income and uninsured individuals.

$255,000 to support Arkansas Better Chance pre-K programs in Decatur, Huntsville, Gravette and Siloam Springs. These programs provide pre-school children below 200% of the poverty line with the skills and experience they need to be successful in kindergarten and beyond.

$220,213 to support high school graduation student advocate programs at Springdale and Bentonville Public Schools, respectively. These programs provide at-risk youth with individualized support plans to help keep them on the path to graduation.

“Care Foundation envisions a Northwest Arkansas where all kids are prepared to be successful in school and life, where everyone has access to affordable healthcare, and where families from diverse backgrounds are supported with the services they need,” said Anita Scism, President and CEO, Care Foundation. “Care is eager for this group of grantees to help break down barriers and improve opportunity for everyone who calls Northwest Arkansas home.” 

About Care Foundation

Over the last 15 years, Care Foundation has invested more than $57 million in the areas of community vitality, health care, and education to create a thriving and vibrant Northwest Arkansas. Care was funded through the sale of two nonprofit hospitals in Northwest Arkansas in 1999, and is the largest fund and supporting organization of Endeavor Foundation.  Care continues today to respond to the region’s most pressing needs by relying on local leaders and nonprofits to address those needs through innovative thinking and long term solutions. Care supports collaborative efforts that build upon lessons learned and explore big ideas that have the potential to bring real change to the people and communities of Northwest Arkansas.

Media Contact Information & Interviews

For more information or to schedule an interview with the Foundation or any of our grantees, please contact Jill Kaplan, VP Programs and Communications, Endeavor Foundation. Jill can be reached at or by phone at (479) 361-4624 (office) or (502) 424-9566 (mobile).