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The Arkansas philanthropy honor roll

Major gifts.


What follows are major gifts (over $500,000 for the Walton Family Foundation, over $250,000 for individuals and other foundations) announced in 2015, as well as gifts from 2014 and 2015 noted on tax returns. It is not a comprehensive picture of Arkansas philanthropy, since many gifts are made anonymously or simply not announced.


The estate of Mary Ann Dawkins of North Little Rock, who was retired from Coulson Oil, donated $26 million to Hendrix College in Conway, the college's largest gift ever.

Dallas Cowboys owner and University of Arkansas alumnus Jerry Jones donated $10.6 million to the UA for its Student-Athlete Success Center.

Former UA Board of Trustees chairman Charles E. Scharlau is donating $5 million to support the office of the president of the university.

The Tyson family and Tyson Foods made a $5 million gift toward the Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences at the University of Arkansas.

Mary and Ross Whipple of Arkadelphia gave $1.5 million to Arkansas Children's Hospital to endow a chair devoted pediatric research.

University of Arkansas alumnae Agnes Lytton Reagan, Mary Sue Reagan and Betty Lynn Reagan designated an estate gift to the University Libraries valued at over $1.2 million.

Bob and Marilyn Bogle of Bentonville pledged $1 million to create the Bob and Marilyn Bogle Endowed Dean's Innovation Fund in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the UA.

James C. and Mary Kay East gave the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences $1 million to establish the Kent Westbrook chair in surgical oncology.

Marti and Kelly Sudduth of Bentonville gave $1 million to the Walton Arts Center for its expansion.

Former University of Arkansas Chancellor David Gearhart and his wife, Jane, pledged a gift of $1 million to the university for its capital campaign.

Perry Wilson of Little Rock, the great-grandson of R.E. Lee Wilson of Mississippi County, announced the family will give $1 million to Arkansas State University to endow a faculty chair in agricultural business.

The family of the late Ross Pendergraft, who was the longtime CEO of Donrey Media, donated $1 million toward the construction of the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith. A theater will be named in Pendergraft's honor.

Family and friends of Samuel M. Sicard donated $1 million for the Hall of Honor at the U.S. Marshals Museum, a gift that was matched by the First National Bank of Fort Smith.

The family of Robert M. Wood of Jonesboro gave ASU $1 million for a sales leadership center.

The estate of the late Henry and Verbeth Coe of Tuckerman gave $650,000 to help build a new booster club at ASU's Centennial Bank Stadium and $250,000 toward an endowed professorship in engineering.

The Jane Dills Morgan Charitable Remainder Trust donated $625,000 to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, to be used at the chancellor's discretion.

Sunny Evans of Hot Springs and her late husband, Bob, committed $500,000 to Garvan Woodland Gardens for the Treehouse Project for the Evans Children's Adventure Garden.

Curt and Chucki Bradbury made a matching challenge gift of $500,000 to renovation of the Bradbury Gallery at ASU.

The Margaret Ann Olvey Trust gave UAMS' Reynolds Institute on Aging $450,000.

The estate of the late Donna S. Stephens gave $250,000 to the University of Central Arkansas to establish an endowed fund for Faulkner County students.

Grantmaking foundations

The Windgate Foundation of Siloam Springs made grants totaling $57.8 million in 2014 and scheduled $37.5 million in 2015, its 990 tax form reported. Those totals include gifts toward or completing grants for: The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, $20 million for a visual arts building; the UA-Fort Smith, $15.5 million for the Windgate Art and Design Building; the Degen Foundation for the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Smith, $14 million; John Brown University, $3.5 million, concluding a $5 million pledge; the First Assembly of God Church in Van Buren for Legacy Heights Level II Alzheimer's wing, $3 million; the Eureka Springs School of the Arts, for educational programs, $600,000; the Thea Foundation, $600,000 for its A+ arts education program and other gifts; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville for its online distance learning project, $520,000; Our House, for its capital campaign and operating needs, $400,000; and the Community Development Council of Crawford-Sebastian counties, $250,000 for the foodbank renovation project.

The Walton Family Foundation of Bentonville made a total of $40.1 million in "Home Region" gifts. Recipients and amounts: The Children's Museum of Northwest Arkansas, $5,374,080; Arkansas Public School Resource Center, $4,492,034; the City of Rogers, $2,703,401; Teach for America Delta Region, $2,250,000; the City of Bentonville, $2,053,304; the City of Fayetteville, $1,855,185; Nortwest Arkansas Council Foundation, $1,699,337; the Walton Arts Center, $1,600,000; Southern Bancorp, $1,706,854; The Jones Trust, which has absorbed the Harvey and Bernice Jones Charitable Foundation and operates the Jones Center in Springdale, $1 million; Benton Bella Vista Trailblazers Association, $934,923; KIPP Delta Public Schools, $765,431; Benton County School of the Arts, $732,219; The City of Siloam Springs, $638,510; Winrock International, $634,613; Arkansas Tech University, $583,034; Exalt Education, $500,000; and the City of Springdale, $400,000.

The Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation provided grants of $2,903,143 to the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville; $2,448,162 to John Brown University; $2,130,117 to Harding University, and $1,708,148 to the Arkansas Community Foundation.

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation of Nevada made a $7.9 million grant to the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program at UAMS.

The Winthrop Rockefeller Trust gave $4.5 million to the University of Arkansas's Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in 2014 and pledged $4,520,000 for 2015.

The Murphy Foundation of El Dorado gave El Dorado high school graduates college scholarships totaling $680,573, $465,000 to Hendrix College, and $430,000 to El Dorado festivals and events.

The Bailey Foundation gave $2 million to UALR for scholarships.

The Tyson Foundation of Springdale gave scholarships totaling $1,470,000 and $500,000 to The Jones Trust.

The Judd Hill Foundation of Osceola gave $1 million to UAMS for a new clinic in Jonesboro.

The Starr Foundation of Fayetteville made a gift of $500,000 to the Walton Arts Center.

The Ross Foundation of Arkadelphia donated $351,684 to the Arkadelphia Promise Foundation.

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