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Big winners: U of A and art


ON DRAWING BOARD: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art got $60 million from Walton Family Foundation. The museum is under construction in Bentonville.
  • ON DRAWING BOARD: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art got $60 million from Walton Family Foundation. The museum is under construction in Bentonville.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville raked in nearly $102 million in outright gifts and pledges in the 2008 fiscal year that ended in June, landing significant gifts to the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute (two grants totaling $15 million) and the School of Architecture ($10 million). The latter, a gift from Don and Ellen Edmondson of Forrest City, was the largest from an individual this year.

Other UA campuses reporting single donations of $1 million or more included the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Carl Nelson Orthopedic Center and the Walker Nursing Center, all at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and the William H. Bowen Law School of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

But no single gift in 2007 topped the $60 million donation that the Walton Family Foundation made to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which Alice Walton is building in Bentonville.  

Last week, the Walton Family Foundation announced a gift of $1.5 million to the Salvation Army.

The Walton Foundation had not released its tax returns for the 2007 tax year (though it did announce its gifts). So the philanthropic world has yet to know whether the estate of the late Helen R. Walton, widow of Wal-Mart empire founder Sam Walton, was folded into the Walton Family Foundation. Her worth was estimated at $16.4 billion by Forbes; her money would make the family foundation, valued at $1.3 billion at the end of 2006, second in size only to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It's now ranked 45th in America.

Following are gifts of $100,000 or more made by individuals and private foundations to Arkansas institutions since 2007.


Giving by individuals


Don and Ellen Edmondson of Forrest City announced in February that they'll give $10 million to the University of Arkansas School of Architecture, Fayetteville; $1.5 million to the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and $1.5 million to Arkansas Children's Hospital.


Jack and Melba Shewmaker of Bentonville gave $1.8 million to Northwest Arkansas Community College and pledged $1.75 million to Mercy Health System of Northwest Arkansas.


Robert and Frieda Thornton of Rogers pledged $2.9 million to Mercy Health System of Northwest Arkansas in 2007.


An anonymous donor gave $1 million to Arkansas Children's Hospital to establish an endowed chair in pediatric cardiovascular anesthesiology.


Retired banker William H. Bowen and his wife, Connie, have given a $1 million unrestricted gift to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law School, which bears Bowen's name. 


The late Dr. Gene Virginia Campbell bequeathed her estate of $816,615 to UALR's College of Education.


An annuity and bequest totaling $800,000 from the estate of alumnus Cleveland Burton went to UA.


J.W. and Emily McAllister of Memphis gave $500,000 to the University of Arkansas to establish the Emily J. McAllister Endowed Professorship in Piano in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at UA.

? Dr. Amy Gilbert Pollard and Harry T. Gilbert Jr. established The Dorothea Lawrence Gilbert Fund for Art Enrichment and Outreach with a $120,000 gift to the Arkansas Arts Center.


Hugh and Frances Barton Nutt of Ozark, Mo., created a charitable gift annuity in the amount of $100,000 for scholarships to UA.


Karrol and Vicki Fowlkes of Salem gave $100,000 to the College of Pharmacy at UAMS to help establish an endowed dean's chair for new academic programs, faculty recruitment and retention, and student leadership activities.





The Walton Family Foundation's largest single gift in 2007 was $60 million to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville; it also gave $11.4 million to various entities in Northwest Arkansas, including $1 million to the city of Rogers, $1.18 million to the Walton Arts Center, and $2 million to the Northwest Arkansas Community College Foundation Inc. The foundation gave $3 million to various entities in the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta. Other large gifts benefiting Arkansas: $540,183 to UA Foundation Inc.; $500,000 to the Presbytery of Arkansas and $410,500 to the Little Rock Public Education Foundation Inc.

Gifts made public in 2008 include $426,141 to the University of Central Arkansas to develop the Arkansas Public School Resource Center.


The Winthrop Rockefeller Trust gave $15 million in two grants to the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute of UA in 2007.


The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation's largest single gift in 2007 was $9.3 million to UAMS, for the Winthrop Rockefeller Cancer Institute.


The Windgate Foundation (Siloam Springs) donated $3.5 million to John Brown University at Siloam Springs, $450,000 in several grants to the Arkansas Arts Center and $800,000 to UA in 2007. At the end of 2008, the foundation will have donated $2 million to JBU's $10 million challenge campaign, and $200,000 of its $2.4 million pledge to UA's School Improvement Programs.


The Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation (Fayetteville) gave $2 million in 2008 toward the construction of the Carl Nelson Orthopaedic Center at UAMS and $1 million to the endowment to perpetuate the UA Walker Nursing Scholarship Program. In 2007, the foundation gave $592,000 to the endowment of the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville and challenge grants worth $485,000 to Seven Hills Homeless Shelter in Fayetteville; $250,000 each to the Children's House in Springdale, Harding University in Searcy, the Harvey and Bernice Jones Center for Families and Life Styles in Fayetteville, and $100,000 to the Arkansas Support Network in Bentonville. It also awarded $150,000 in scholarship aid to Hendrix College, $150,000 to the Seven Hills Homeless Shelter and $107,000 to the First Christian Church of Springdale.


The Walton Family Charitable Foundation (Bentonville) gave the Arkansas Community Foundation $2.3 million for its Partners Program in 2006.


The Murphy Foundation (El Dorado) gave $1.4 million to the UAMS Center on Aging, $364,152 to Hendrix College in Conway for operating costs and a total of $193,018 in college grants to El Dorado students in 2007.


The Schmeiding Foundation (Springdale) gave $923,214.60 to UAMS in 2007.


The Charles M. and Joan R. Taylor Foundation in 2006 gave two grants worth $150,000 each to the scholarship fund of UALR and $300,000 to the St. Vincent Foundation for the Elizabeth Prewitt and Charles Taylor II Memorial.


Bob and Nadine Miller Foundation (Fort Smith) gave $1 million to Hendrix College in 2008 to establish a center to enhance the future career decisions and spiritual callings of students.


The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation (Tulsa) announced in 2008 a challenge pledge of $1 million to the University of the Ozarks, to be met by September 2009.


The Tyson Family Foundation awarded $979,822 in scholarship grants to colleges and universities in 2007.


The Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust in 2007 gave $950,000 to the William J. Clinton Foundation and in 2008 gave $500,000 for the installation of the Sturgis Veterans Plaza, which includes sculpture, in front of War Memorial Stadium.


The Care Foundation (Springdale), a hospital conversion foundation, gave $750,869 in grants to the Springdale School District in 2007. Its largest single gift that year was $500,000 to the Jones Center for Families in Rogers. In 2008, it donated $500,000 to help fund development of the northwest satellite campus of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.


The Glass Family Foundation (Bentonville) gave $100,000 each to the Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter, Legacy Village and the First Assembly of God, all in Bentonville.


Trustees of the Richard W. Averill Foundation (Hot Springs Village) recently awarded $250,000 to Garvan Woodland Gardens, the UA School of Architecture's botanical garden in Hot Springs, to fund a strategic planning study that will evaluate future goals for the 210-acre site.


The Herbert H. McAdams Foundation gave $175,000 to Arkansas State University and $100,000 to Philander Smith College.


The Hussman Foundation gave a total of $228,300 in merit awards to teachers at Wakefield Elementary in 2006.


The Olds Foundation (Amity) gave $207,500 to the Caddo Career Consortium and $119,418 to the Centerpoint School District in 2006.


The Trinity Foundation (Pine Bluff) gave $100,000 to the Hendrix College building fund and $100,000 to the University of Arkansas at Monticello for general support.


The Ottenheimer Brothers Foundation gave $100,000 to the UAMS Geriatric Center.


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