Nonprofit News: July Edition

New digs, major milestones and more of the news worth noting in local nonprofits.

Credit: Diego Rivera courtesy of Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts

Major Milestones

At its annual meeting with boards of directors and trustees, the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts announced a slew of achievements and goals to cap the museum’s first year. Key takeaways include the return of the museum’s famed Tabriz gala in 2025, an upcoming Diego Rivera exhibit, the presentation of the Winthrop Rockefeller Memorial Award to Van Tilbury and a final tally of the AMFA’s capital campaign that raised $176.6 million, far exceeding its goal of $66 million.

Restore Hope, an Arkansas-based nonprofit assisting families in crisis, announced its 100 Families Initiative model will be adopted by communities in Michigan and Canada. The model has been implemented across 16 counties in Arkansas and connects resources via one software hub to better “serve a family holistically.”

“Families in crisis have many needs, like help with food, housing, transportation, substance abuse treatment, child care or access to mental health services. A single organization can not help a family with all of those,” Restore Hope Executive Director Paul Chapman says. “The software allows providers to communicate efficiently about the various needs of a family and see who all is able to assist them. This way providers are not working in silos and services are not being duplicated.”

Credit: Camp Aldersgate

High Praise

Camp Aldersgate is now the first Heart-SAFE Project ADAM Designated Camp in the country, a designation requiring the necessary tools and training to respond to cardiac emergencies quickly and effectively.

The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas announced its 2024 Power of the Purse honorees: Dr. Nirvana Manning as Woman of the Year in Public Service, Lenore Trammell as Woman of the Year in Business and Cathy Tuggle as Woman of the Year in Philanthropy.

The Argenta Contemporary Theatre is teaming up with Celebrity Attractions to host the inaugural Broadway Bound Awards highlighting high school musical theater and wrapping with a “one-night-only special showcase event” next spring. Winners will advance to the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City next summer.

Credit: Refuge Village

New Digs

Refuge Village, the city and partnering organizations recently broke ground on Providence Park, a housing initiative in southwest Little Rock utilizing sustainable tiny homes and a deep connection to community in hopes of providing a permanent solution to chronic homelessness.

Seis Puentes, a nonprofit empowering the Latino community in central Arkansas, will officially open its new headquarters in North Little Rock on July 31.

Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas has announced a new ReStore location coming to the Colony West Shopping Center in Little Rock. ReStores sell discounted new and gently-used furniture, appliances and building supplies with proceeds going to the nonprofit.

Big Moves

Adra Winter is now the chief financial officer of Girl Scouts-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma & Texas.

Economics Arkansas appointed seven new board members, including
Holly Lenderman, Susannah Marshall, Jacob Oliva and Jeremiah Wood.

Credit: Camp Aldersgate

Camp Aldersgate added Ryan Miller as its new senior development officer.

Photos by Diego Rivera courtesy of Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, Refuge Village and Camp Aldersgate.

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