Nonprofit News: October Edition


Immerse Arkansas hosted a ceremony celebrating the reopening of its newly renovated OC youth center. The facility provides food, counseling, laundry and much more for youth ages 14-24 dealing with trauma and crisis situations.

The first UAMS Baptist Health Cancer Center is now fully operational on the North Little Rock Baptist Health Medical Center campus, bringing with it the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute’s full spectrum of cancer research, diagnostic and treatment services.

The UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law is launching the Center for Racial Justice and Criminal Justice Reform designed to advance legal equity, access to justice and fairness in the region.

“The center is firmly rooted in Bowen’s core values of access to justice, public service and professionalism,” Dean Theresa Beiner says. “The events over the past year have brought these values to the forefront. Many students choose to attend law school because they seek to improve their communities and to be part of local, regional and national conversations about the legal system. The center, through research opportunities and educational programs, will give them the opportunity to achieve those goals.”

Credit: Immerse Arkansas


On Saturday, Nov. 6, the Alzheimer’s Association will host the central Arkansas Walk to End Alzheimer’s at a new location, kicking off the day with an opening ceremony at Argenta Plaza in North Little Rock.

Joining the walk is free, but fundraising is encouraged to help further the nonprofit’s mission to to provide 24/7 care and support and advance research toward methods of prevention, treatment and, ultimately, a cure.

“We look forward to celebrating with our long-time supporters and new participants to show our commitment to ending Alzheimer’s and all other dementia,” says Kirsten Dickins, the association’s executive director.

Check-in starts at 8 a.m., or participants can join virtually and walk their own 2-mile route. Learn more at

Credit: Alzheimer’s Association of Arkansas


The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas received a $150,000 donation from the Simmons First Foundation to support environmental youth programs and wildlife habitat conservation.

Credit: Mark Mathews

The Windgate Foundation approved multiple grants across the state in recent weeks, including $2 million to UA Pulaski Tech for needs-based scholarships and $225,000 to the Central Arkansas Library System Foundation for translators, the Micro Mobile Library and community outreach programs.


Dr. Grace Raja

The CARTI Foundation added four new members to its board of directors: Misti Coker, Kelley Erstine, Dr. Grace Raja and Cindy VanVeckhoven.

Dr. Eduardo Ochoa, Dr. Jack Porter and Lisa John-Adams were elected to the Arkansas Community Foundation’s board of directors.

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