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Care Foundation Tops $54 Million in Community Grants

April 17, 2013

2013 Grantees Include Springdale High School, Community Clinic & Hispanic Women’s Organization of Arkansas

Care Foundation (a fund of Endeavor Foundation) is pleased to announce $1,868,000 in grant awards to support critical education and quality of life efforts that impact Northwest Arkansans, with a primary focus on Springdale and Bentonville. This first round of 2013 grants brings Care Foundation to a total community investment of more than $54 million since 1999.

“Beyond the remarkable $54 million in financial support Care Foundation has invested in Northwest Arkansas through the years, the Foundation has encouraged its grantees to work smart, learn from challenges, replicate what works, and build internal capacity to deliver results,” said Dennis Smiley, President and CEO of Arvest Bank Springdale and Chair, Care Foundation Board of Directors. “I am honored to serve as Chair of the Board and look forward to witnessing the continued legacy of Care’s grantmaking.”

One highlight of the spring 2013 grant cycle is Care’s support to Springdale High School for the Anchor Mentoring Program, which identifies at-risk students as early as the sixth grade, develops individualized mentoring plans, and provides support all the way to the graduation finish line. In 2013, the program seeks to decrease student absenteeism, increase the number of Anchor students achieving a 2.5 GPA or higher, and reach 60% of Anchor students applying for post-secondary schooling.

Another partnership includes a grant to Community Clinic to increase access to medical care for low income and uninsured families. Care’s funding helped serve 29,295 patients in 2012, which is an increase of 17% over 2011. In 2013, Care’s gift will help Community Clinic expand its School Based Health Center efforts to Parson Hills and Elmdale Elementary Schools in Springdale. This expansion will provide access to medical care on school grounds for an additional 1200 students and families, 92.2% of which live at or below the Federal Poverty level.

In keeping with Care’s historic focus on expanding resources and services to support immigrant populations in Northwest Arkansas, another 2013 grant will support the Hispanic Women’s Organization of Arkansas (HWOA). The organization serves as a clearinghouse of information and an educational center for Northwest Arkansas residents to learn English, pursue naturalization and citizenship, become responsible and engaged voters, and otherwise contribute to their community.

“Endeavor Foundation is proud to have Care Foundation as our supporting organization, and commends Care for partnering with some truly outstanding organizations in our community to meet some of the most critical needs of the children and families of Northwest Arkansas,” said Anita Scism, President and CEO of Endeavor Foundation. 

Spring 2013 Grantees

  • Decatur School District (Pre-K Program, Decatur Elementary School)
  • Gravette School District (Pre-K Program, Duffy Elementary School)
  • Huntsville School District (Pre-K Program, Huntsville Elementary School)
  • Siloam Springs School District (Pre-K Program, Northside Elementary School)
  • Springdale School District (Elementary Spanish Program)
  • Springdale School District (Family Literacy Program at J.O. Kelly Middle School)
  • Springdale School District (International Baccalaureate Program)
  • Springdale School District (Anchor Mentoring Program, Springdale High School)
  • Bentonville School District (High School Graduation Program, Bentonville High School)
  • Hispanic Women’s Organization of Arkansas (Program Support)
  • Schmieding C.A.R.E.S. (Program Support)
  • Community Clinic NWA (Program Support)
  • Jones Center for Families (Program Support)
  • Endeavor Foundation (Program Support)


About Care Foundation

Care Foundation was established through the sale of Springdale Memorial Hospital and Bates Memorial Hospital in Bentonville in 1999. Care seeks to leverage its assets to impact the greatest needs of Benton and Washington counties, with a historic focus on education, health, immigration and other programs and services that enrich quality of life for Northwest Arkansans. Care Foundation is the supporting organization to—and the largest fund of—Endeavor Foundation. Endeavor Foundation is a public charity with approximately 80 separate funds totaling more than $160 million in assets, which provides flexible, tax-efficient ways for donors to invest in meaningful philanthropy throughout Northwest Arkansas.

Media Contact Information & Interviews

For more information (including requests for grantee photos) or to schedule an interview, please contact Jill Kaplan, Vice President, Strategy & Communications, Endeavor Foundation. Jill can be reached at or by phone at (479) 361-4624 (office) or (502) 424-9566 (mobile).