Special Programs

Partnerships Boost Statewide Impact

When special program opportunities arise, Arkansas Community Foundation works with trusted partners to improve our communities. Some of the partnerships include: 

  • Arkansas Campaign for Grade Level Reading
  • Arkansas Complete Counts Committee
  • Arkansas Impact Philanthropy
  • TRUE Northwest Arkansas

Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading  

Arkansas Community Foundation partners with the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading to help Arkansas students read at grade level by the end of third grade. The Foundation is focusing attention on the need to reach grade-level proficiency through grants to chronic absence prevention, summer learning opportunities, kindergarten readiness, parent involvement and classroom instruction.

Arkansas Complete Count Committee 

The Arkansas Counts Complete Count Committee is a statewide coalition focused on ensuring an accurate and representative count of all Arkansans in the 2020 U.S. Census. An accurate census count will ensure Arkansas continues to receive resources to increase job opportunities, build roads, assist schools and repair community infrastructure. Without correct data, the state risks losing financial support for healthcare centers, programs and supplies Arkansans need. The Foundation is working to help get the word out that participation in the 2020 U.S. Census is essential because a 1% undercount of Arkansas residents could result in our state losing up to $750 million in federal funding, a social justice consulting firm.

Arkansas Impact Philanthropy

We’re stronger when we work together. That’s the idea behind Arkansas Impact Philanthropy (AIP), a team of foundations and businesses who award grant dollars in Arkansas. The Community Foundation serves as the “home” of AIP as well as a member of its steering committee. Together, AIP members work toward a more inclusive Arkansas where everyone thrives, looking for key issues member organizations can support together to move Arkansas forward. Since its founding in 2017, AIP has focused on ensuring a fair and accurate count for the Arkansas 2020 census and providing health and educational support for children during the critical early childhood years.  

TRUE Northwest Arkansas  

TRUE Northwest Arkansas is a three-year pilot initiative to train, report, uplift and engage the Northwest Arkansas community towards diversity and inclusion. The program fosters an environment where all members of the community can thrive and feel included and build on existing efforts to enhance quality of life in the region.  Supported by the Walton Family Foundation and Walmart Foundation, TRUE is administered by Arkansas Community Foundation and guided by a diverse community advisory board of 20 stakeholders. Research and technical assistance for the initiative are provided by Converge.

Contact our community investment staff to learn more

Sarah Kinser

Chief Program Officer


Lauren Morris

Affiliate Program Director