OVERVIEW: This funder focuses on health, education, and community vitality in Northwest Arkansas. It does not accept unsolicited grant applications, but you can call the staff with an idea for a local project.
FUNDING AREAS: Health, education, community vitality
IP TAKE: With its roots in the hospital industry, ideas about community health in Springdale are likely to catch this funder’s attention. Call the staff before you send anything in by mail or email.
PROFILE: Based in Springdale, Arkansas, the Endeavor Foundation is a professionally staffed grantmaking organization with a board of business, civic, and community leaders. It's concerned with Northwest Arkansas and the people who call this region home. It has been involved in grantmaking for over 15 years and awarded around 3,000 grants totaling over $80 million.
Broad areas of interest are health, education, and community vitality. This foundation was established with funds from the sale of two hospitals in the area, so health is a priority—both physical and mental. One big issue for this funder has been access to healthy food in Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville.
Education funding largely focuses on equal opportunities for children. But the big issue here has been pre-K programs. According to the foundation, in Northwest Arkansas, less than half of the approximately 4,000 children that live at or below the 200 percent federal poverty level have access to pre-K education.
Finally, community vitality support goes towards access to resources and opportunities in Northwest Arkansas. There’s been a big push to revitalize Downtown Springdale lately, and Endeavor has provided support to create gathering spaces and preserve the town’s history and culture to attract new businesses. Endeavor looks to level the playing field and bridge the gaps between the wealth that major corporations have created in Northwest Arkansas and the extreme poverty that still exists here.
Endeavor also sets up charitable funds for donors to give back to the community. The most recent 990 forms, annual reports, and financial statements can be viewed from the funder’s Download Center.
Unfortunately for grantseekers, you must be formally invited to submit a proposal, so there are no letter of inquiry or application forms on the website. However, you are welcome to share an idea with the foundation by contacting the program staff.
General grantseeker questions can be directed to the staff at 479-361-4624. The foundation has four staff members, three executive board members, and 10 other board members.
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