Nonprofit News: November Edition


Ahead of its 100-year anniversary in 2027, UA Little Rock has publicly launched the Centennial Campaign with the goal of raising $250 million, its largest fundraising effort to date.

“This campaign celebrates our first 100 years and ensures a robust beginning to our second 100 years by reducing student debt, securing the best in instruction and providing a great living-learning environment for the campus community,” says Christian O’Neal, vice chancellor for university advancement.

The campaign began its silent phase in 2017 and has since raised nearly $163 million from more than 20,100 donors, including a $6.75 million gift from the Yupo and Susan Chan Charitable Trust that clocked in as the fifth largest gift in university history and the second largest endowed gift in university history.

“If we don’t build Arkansas, who will?” asked Sherri and Jerry Damerow, who made a planned gift of $1 million to support science scholarships. “We could give our support anywhere, but we’ve found the best students are right here at home.”

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The Central Arkansas Fermenters’ Little Rocktoberfest in September raised a total of $10,000 for its 2022 beneficiary, Miracle League of Arkansas.

The Museum of Discovery received the 2022 Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Resilience from the Association of Science and Technology Centers, an international honor “[recognizing] an organization that has overcome a significant and specific challenge with a focus on how the institution approached the hardship to achieve new life, mission and potential.”

Women and Children First received a donation of 1,000 video doorbells and cameras from Ring to help keep domestic violence survivors safe.

Immerse Arkansas received a donation of $10,000 from the HORNE Community Foundation.

• Seven mills from across the state — Arkansas River Rice, Farmers Granary, Producers Rice Mill, Ralston Family Farms, Riceland Foods, Specialty Rice and Windmill Rice Company — combined efforts to donate 107 tons of rice to the Arkansas Foodbank to aid its fight against food insecurity.


Heifer International has named Surita Sandosham as its next president and CEO.

• Callie Parks has been named associate vice president of hospital operations at Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock.

• Ashley McBride was appointed as the new state director for AARP Arkansas.

• Home for Healing added Tammy Diamond-Wells to its board of directors, as well as four new staff members: Amanda Butler, Trudy Jenkins, Joyce Means and Gabrielle Skerpan.

• Kris Maddalena has been hired as senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

• World Services for the Blind found its new CEO in Eric Yarberry.

• Mary Olive Stephens and Alisha Curtis have joined the Arkansas Cinema Society’s board of directors.

• Emily Kearns is the new Pulaski County coordinator for the 100 Families branch of Restore Hope.

• Kristi Smith has been named the associate vice chancellor of alumni and development at UA Little Rock.

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