Giving Guide: Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches


Since the sheriffs of Arkansas founded the Youth Ranches in 1976, it has been home to more than 2,200 boys and girls from every corner of the state. Children come to the ranch through no fault of their own; many have been abandoned, abused or neglected. At the ranch, children find hope and healing. Boys and girls live in large family homes with loving houseparents who raise them like their own. Every child receives proper health care and educational opportunities. Children also have an opportunity to gain real-life experience and work with many animals through the ranch’s educational farm program.


Raising children is an expensive undertaking, especially when you raise as many as ASYR does!

• $285 can outfit one child with everything they need for the school year.

• $750 can feed one cottage of eight Ranchers for one month.

• A monthly gift of $25 can provide new shoes for up to six ranch boys and girls.


• The ranch has a waiting list of a dozen children and receives an average of 20 calls per week looking for beds for foster children. To accommodate these children and to do our part to fight the Arkansas foster care crisis, the ranch is raising funds to build a new home and hire additional staff. You can learn more and support at


Charitable Contributions: 68%
Trust & Endowment Income: 19%
Farm & Rental Revenue: 2%
Other Earned Revenue: 11%

100 Saint Vincent Place
Batesville, AR 72501
870.793.6841 |


Established: 1976
Employees: 22
Service Area: Arkansas

CEO: Nancy Fulton, LCSW


Ray Dillon, President
Scott Bradley, 1st Vice President
Brent Stevenson, Secretary/Treasurer

Micah Beard
Kathleen Bell
Sheriff Neal Byrd
Christie Clark
Sheriff Robert Gentry
Dr. Tyler Griffin
Sharon Heflin
Sheriff Eric Higgins
David Kopittke
Sheriff Phillip Miller
Sheriff Phil Reynolds
Sheriff James Singleton
James Smith
Stu Smith
Sheriff John Staley
Sheriff Shawn Stephens
Larry Stone
Sheriff Glenn Wheeler

The 2023/2024 Arkansas Giving Guide is presented by Wright Lindsey Jennings. Click here to read a letter from our sponsors.

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