The Arkansas Community Foundation in Little Rock has announced that during fiscal year 2012 it awarded grants totaling $9.6 million to some twelve hundred nonprofits working in the areas of health care, education, human services, and the arts.
The vast majority (93 percent) of the grant dollars disbursed between July 2011 and June 2012 were awarded to organizations working at the statewide and local levels, while approximately half of the $9.6 million total was awarded through donor-advised funds. In addition, about $700,000 was awarded through the foundation's Giving Tree program, which supports community-based philanthropy by enabling local leaders at each of ARCF's twenty-seven affiliates to dedicate funds to projects and organizations in their respective communities.
"Our Aspire Arkansas report, released last year, presents a county-by-county look at seven categories of charitable needs in Arkansas, and we're using it to help identify the key areas where our grants can help make a difference," said ARCF president and CEO Heather Larkin. "Our goal is to be there to support local charitable organizations when they need it the most and when they stand to create the most impact."