Gifts from generous donors all over the state enable UAMS to help worthy students to continue their education; attract and retain outstanding faculty and staff; and endow academic and medical programming and research.


The UAMS Foundation’s primary mission is to secure gifts and grants to support the health and well-being of the state, region and nation through education, research and clinical care. The Foundation raises funds for all units of UAMS, including its colleges, institutes and departments. Building strong relationships with grateful patients, friends and alumni of UAMS is key to our success. Our goal is to match donor passions with bold ideas to improve the health of every Arkansan. Many of our donors are also engaged in giving societies such as Chancellor’s Circle, Deans and Directors’ Clubs, Society of the Double Helix and the 1879 Society.

Clinical Care: UAMS exists to help patients live extraordinary lives. With clinics covering nearly every medical specialty, we deliver world-class treatment in a comforting, patient- and family-centered environment.

Education: UAMS graduates nearly 1,000 doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals each year, the majority of whom stay in Arkansas to practice.

Research: UAMS scientists translate groundbreaking and innovative research into new identification, treatment and prevention of cancer, infectious disease, substance abuse and behavioral problems.


• UAMS hosts the annual Gala for Life to benefit the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. While the 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Rachel Harding and Annemarie Dillard Jazic will co-chair the event in September 2022.

• UAMS also participates in Giving Tuesday (Nov. 30, 2021) and UAMS Day of Giving (October 2022). Donor support on these two annual giving days helps fund critical programs and initiatives that support patient care, education and research.


• Ongoing COVID-19 research, testing, outreach and vaccination efforts

• Support of frontline health care workers

• Cutting-edge research on cancer, aging, memory loss, maternal/infant mortality, diabetes, stroke and heart health

• Diversity, equity and inclusion efforts throughout the health system

• Mental health treatment for children and adults who have experienced trauma

• Scholarships for students in one of our five colleges or graduate school

• Support of our eight regional campuses around Arkansas


1 million
Patients treated by UAMS providers every year

Family medicine physicians trained at eight regional campuses

of UAMS-trained physicians remain in the state to practice

of all practicing pharmacists in Arkansas graduated from UAMS


Individuals: 64%
Corporations, Foundations, Organizations: 36%

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Little Rock, AR 72205
501.686.8200 |


Employees: 42
Service Area: Arkansas and surrounding area



Beau Blair, Chair
Cindy Pugh, Executive Vice Chair
Jerry Adams
Judy Adams
Mike Akin
Diane Alderson
Larry Alman
Patricia Bailey
Freddie Black
Kristen Boozman
Robert Brown
Sandra Connor
Ray Dillon
George Dunklin Jr.
Livia Dunklin
M. Joycelyn Elders
Jo Ellen Ford
Chris Fowler
Charlotte Gadberry
Denise Garner
Mike Gibson
Dewayne Goldmon
Elder Granger
Stanley Hill
Sonja Hubbard
David Hunton
Patricia Johnson
James Kelley III
Lester Matlock
Anita McAllister
Jennifer McCarty
Hugh McDonald
Lisa McNeir
Mark Middleton
Dorothy Morris
Don Munro
Lee Ronnel
Jennifer Ronnel
Ron Russell
Dana Silaski
Dewitt Smith III
Judy Snowden
Lance Taylor
William Thames
Nathan Waldrip
Craig Wood
Joe “Clay” Young IV