Nonprofit News: July Edition


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CARTI recently unveiled its new dedicated cancer surgery center — the first in the state — at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 57,000-SF center located on the main CARTI campus in Little Rock. Among its many features, the state-of-the-art facility includes 14 pre- and post-op
rooms, 12 recovery rooms, eight private overnight rooms and six operating rooms.

“By offering leading-edge surgical care within our statewide network, the CARTI Surgery Center will enhance the patient experience, expedite recoveries and improve outcomes,” CARTI President and CEO Adam Head says. “It represents the future of cancer care and CARTI’s vision to be the cancer treatment destination.”


Baptist Health and UAMS recently opened a joint cancer clinic and infusion center on the campus of Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock, while Baptist’s North Little Rock campus received the sought-after international Baby-Friendly Hospital designation.


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• UA Little Rock received a $3.5 million grant from the Windgate Foundation to endow the directorship of its School of Education and help produce “day-one ready teacher candidates.”

• The university also received $25,000 from PepsiCo to support DEI programming, as well as $125,000 from Conger Wealth Management Founder Cindy Conger that will provide grants for student research, create a student emergency fund and support its theater program.

• Arkansas Children’s received a total of $5.9 million from this year’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraisers, as well as a $1.4 million donation from the ACH Auxiliary.

• Make-A-Wish Mid-South announced a new partnership with Fayetteville’s Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, which will match donations up to $500,000 over the next two years.


• John Ed Anthony was awarded the Winthrop Rockefeller Award by the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts Foundation, an honor given to those who “exhibit exceptional dedication and support for the arts” and AMFA. 

• Economics Arkansas celebrated five North Little Rock High School students who took home top honors at this year’s national Capitol Hill Challenge, a component of The Stock Market Game.

• The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra announced it will name its future Stella Boyle Smith Music Center’s performance hall in honor of Susie and Charles Morgan who recently helped the project reach a crucial fundraising goal.


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• Geoffrey Robson, 15-year veteran of the ASO, has officially been named its new music director after a four-year search.

• Bobbi McDaniel is the new director of development for Camp Aldersgate.

• Excel by Eight found its new communities manager in Tori Scott.

• Lenesha Jones is now senior vice president and chief people officer at Goodwill Industries of Arkansas.

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