Many view young professionals as the next generation of philanthropic leaders. But the truth is, this generation is already taking the reins of much of central Arkansas’ nonprofit scene.
Dedicated to “experiencing the best Ballet Arkansas has to offer while making connections in the process,” Allegro members receive subscription and ticket discounts, access to exclusive events, pre-season sales and more in this newly launched group.
Arkansas Outdoor Society
Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation
The AOS has three main objectives: initiating and maintaining interest in the outdoors; raising awareness of wildlife conservation issues in Arkansas; and creating sustaining supporters of the preservation of the state’s hunting, fishing and wildlife heritage. Membership includes access to exclusive social events and outdoor excursions, as well as a subscription to Arkansas Wildlife magazine.
Arkansas State House Society
Old State House Museum
History gets real with ASHS. This organization offers special exhibit previews, discounts and events while helping preserve the first home of the Arkansas State Capitol.
Central Arkansas Young Professionals for the American Cancer Society
American Cancer Society
Also known as YPACS 501, this volunteer group works to support the American Cancer Society’s mission to “eliminate cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.” YPACS 501 is a hands-on organization that not only serves as a networking opportunity, but also a chance to fundraise and volunteer.
Arkansas Arts Center
Just because the AAC is under construction doesn’t mean the Contemporaries are on hiatus. The group is made up of “young art enthusiasts who wish to expand their knowledge and appreciation of the arts,” most notably through early and discounted access to exhibits and events. The Contemporaries’ signature annual fundraiser Fountain Fest is set for Oct. 17.
A Brief Intermission
The Arkansas Repertory Theatre is in the process of reinventing its young professionals group with plans to launch in 2020.
Create Little Rock
Little Rock Regional Chamber
Designed as a way to get young professionals interested and invested in the city, Create Little Rock offers experiences through networking, leadership programming, educational opportunities and more. One of the group’s best known initiatives is Pop-Up in the Rock, a joint project with studioMAIN that transforms a corner of the city to showcase its potential.
Centers for Youth & Families
The Centers for Youth and Families is the oldest nonprofit in Arkansas and the Emerging Leaders work to keep it headed into the future. Members offer up their time and talents to host events for kids in The Centers’ emotional and social wellness programs, as well as popular citywide fundraisers like the Centers Classic Golf Tournament and BrunchFest, which raised more than $25,000 at its inaugural event in September.
Little Rock Zoo
Lovers of lions, tigers, bears and all wild creatures flock to this group to help expand the Little Rock Zoo while educating the public on animals and wildlife conservation. Generation Zoo members have access to exclusive activities, including hosting the popular Wild Wines and Zoo Brew events.
Easterseals Arkansas’ mission is to help children and adults with disabilities achieve independence, and The Guardians’ mission is to make that mission a reality. Members achieve this not only through volunteering for Easterseals activities, but also by training to be advocates for the nonprofit in their own circles.
Habitat Young Professionals
Habitat for Humanity
It’s not all hammers and nails for these young pros. Members of this group tackle everything from marketing to fundraising to education, and yes, building a few homes along the way.
Arkansas ranks second in the nation for food insecurity, meaning it’s all hands on deck for the Arkansas Foodbank’s fight against hunger. The Harvesters young professionals group aids the cause through efforts like volunteering at food pantries, fundraising and advocating at all levels for government support.
Make-A-Wish Mid-South Young Professionals
Increased awareness, volunteerism and funds are at the top of the priorities list for Make-A-Wish Mid-South Young Professionals. Members are involved in everything from granting wishes to putting on the annual Lip Sync Battle fundraiser.
Women & Children First
The nonprofit dedicated to empowering victims of domestic abuse is boosted by the dedicated work of The Peacekeepers. The group hosts multiple volunteer opportunities at the shelter throughout the year, including holiday and birthday parties for residents, as well as popular community events like Caribbean Cabaret, Vegas on the Rocks and the WCF Pop-Up Shop.
The Renaissance Club
The Renaissance Club, like the foundation it supports, is all about promoting the arts in Arkansas schools from supplies to scholarships. There are multiple support levels for all budgets, and members enjoy tickets to events, exhibition openings and more.
Rotaract Club of Little Rock
“Lead. Unite. Serve.” That’s the mission of Rotaract, the young professionals branch of the Rotary Club. The group exists to provide personal growth through service, education and networking in the form of monthly luncheons, volunteer opportunities and events.
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
Audience growth and sustainability for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is at the core of everything Sharp does. This group’s calendar includes networking and community connection events, as well as engaging, exclusive programming and discounts on tickets and subscriptions.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The mission of Tomorrow’s Leaders is to help the foundation find a cure for cystic fibrosis, but also to increase the quality of life for those with CF and their families. This group does just that through events and programs that build connections and raise awareness for the nonprofit’s goals.
Most young professionals groups are tailored for ages 21-40, though many will accept members outside of the dedicated age range.
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Arkansas Children’s Foundation
Red Shoe Crew
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas
VFW Post 9095 Ladies Auxiliary
The Veterans of Foreign Wars
National MS Society Arkansas
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Auxiliary
UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute