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Arkansas AFN is a regional chapter of grantmakers who advance equitable wealth building and economic mobility. Members include private, public, corporate, and community foundations, public-sector funders, and financial institutions who want to help Arkansans secure economic stability, for now and for years to come. Arkansas AFN connects funders and their peers in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Together they share promising programs and smart strategies, gather knowledge to make their grantmaking more effective, and work to increase investments in asset building.

Arkansas AFN was launched in 2016 as a regional affiliate of national AFN by a core group of funders including the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Entergy Charitable Foundation, the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation, Southern Bancorp Community Partners, and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis-Little Rock Branch. Membership is open to funders who invest in a range of initiatives that build assets for Arkansas, from early childhood education, college access, or workforce development to health, financial capacity, or micro-enterprise. Arkansas AFN members meet regularly and host events to share ideas. Grantmakers investing in Arkansas should contact Abby Hughes Holsclaw if interested in joining this chapter.

Learn more about the Arkansas chapter’s impact in AFN’s Power of Place publication.

ALICE Champions Policy Conversation Summary

On January 24, 2023, Rev. Shantell Hinton Hill, senior equity officer with the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, kicked off the ALICE Champions Policy conversation at the ASU systems building in Little Rock, Arkansas. The event centered on asking policy, business, philanthropic, and nonprofit leaders to use their voice and influence with ALICE to impact systems and policy changes around three budget busters —medical debt, housing, and child care.

How We Work

  • Inform: Arkansas AFN members learn from one another and stakeholders as they seek solutions to local challenges. The chapter hosts issue-based programming and calls-to-action that reflect research and philanthropic thought leadership that highlights actionable roles for philanthropy. While focusing on a variety of topics, the chapter gathers local leaders and national experts together to share data and ideas, promote innovative approaches, and help establish common language to build collaboration.
  • Influence: Arkansas AFN engages funders and public/private stakeholders in frank, issue-based discussions that influence policy and foster systemic change. Members seek opportunities to accelerate economic prosperity while also reducing racial, ethnic, and gender wealth gaps. Members provide an insightful Southern voice to inform national and local conversations on topics including access to capital for women of color, reduction of debt, financial coaching, Arkansas tax reform, and banking the unbanked.
  • Connect: Arkansas AFN members support peer-to-peer learning and cross-sector collaboration. Members identify and leverage replicable and scalable high-impact strategies and innovative approaches to connect and inform influential funders of actionable investments.
  • Build: Arkansas AFN works to increase the number of grantmakers and resources focused on strategies that help low and moderate income people build and protect assets. Members leverage one another’s interests and networks to actively identify additional funders willing to co-invest in the South.

Regional Focus Areas

  • Bank On Arkansas+

  • ALICE Action Agenda

  • Access to Capital for Women

Upcoming Events

April 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT : UADA & Bank On Arkansas+ Hempstead County Community Partner Meeting
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with Bank On Arkansas+ (BOA+) invites you to join us for a … REGISTER

May 1 @ 11:00 am - May 31 @ 12:00 pm CDT : UADA & Bank On Arkansas+ Community Partner Meetings
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with Bank On Arkansas+ (BOA+) invites you to join us for a … REGISTER

CLICK HERE for more information and resources from our past events.

Arkansas AFN in the News

CLICK HERE for a collection of news on AR AFN and our partners

Upcoming Events


Are you a Arkansas grantmaker interested in joining this chapter? Contact us to learn more.


Abby Hughes Holsclaw,

Steering Committee

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Rev. Cory Anderson

Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

Bryn Bagwell
Bryn Bagwell

Communities Unlimited

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Jordan Bates-Rogers

Arkansas Access to Justice

Elizabeth Brister

Entergy Charitable Foundation

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Kim Davis

Walton Family Foundation

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Samantha Evans

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Justin Fletcher

Excellerate Foundation

Janie Ginocchio

Southern Bancorp Community Partners

Robbye Good

Hope Enterprise Corporation

Anna Beth Gorman

Women’s Foundation of Arkansas

Sarah Kinser

Arkansas Community Foundation

Lena Hayes

Baptist Health Foundation

Mollie Palmer

Heart of Arkansas United Way

Hillis Schild

Arvest Bank

Maddie Spickard

Women's Foundation of Arkansas

Abby Hughes Holsclaw

Senior Director

AFN Staff

Learn more about ALICE in Arkansas
Learn more about ALICE in Arkansas
Learn more about Bank On Arkansas+
Learn more about Bank On Arkansas+

Chapter Highlights

Roundtable to Highlight Early Care Needs for ALICE

On Wednesday, September 8, 2022, the AR Asset Funders Network partnered with Excel by Eight and the Institute for Economic Equity at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis hosted a roundtable discussion ‘Child Care and the Economy: An Arkansas Roundtable.’ The gathering featured business and industry leaders from across the state who shared insights and discuss opportunities to support child care for the current and future workforce. LEARN MORE

Women Entrepreneurship Support Organizations Collaborative Meeting

On July 13, 2022, the initial meeting was held to form a Women’s ESO collaborative, hosted by the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas in partnership with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Arkansas Asset Funders Network, and the Venture Center. The purpose was to bring together organizations that provide support for women entrepreneurs and explore our shared interests to accelerate the growth of women owned businesses in Arkansas. LEARN MORE


A Conversation with Bill Bynum

On January 31, 2022, we were joined by Bill Bynum, Chief Executive Officer of HOPE and Anthony Young, Executive Director of Southern Bancorp Community Partners, for a conversation on supporting the financial health of families and small businesses during an ongoing pandemic. Watch the recording and for more information, contact Kara Wilkins at

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We’re Still Hurting! From the ER to the Courtroom: How Medical Bills and Court Costs Trap People in Debt Cycles

A January 2022 virtual gathering, moderated by Talk Business and Politics host Roby Brock, provided an overview of medical debt and court costs; described how debt cycles disproportionately harm lower income communities, ALICE households, and people of color; and elevated federal, state, and hospital-led policy recommendations that could help alleviate and prevent debt traps. It also highlighted how the court system, state legislature, and local governments could enact changes to end the criminalization of poverty and reform debt collection practices. LEARN MORE

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ALICE Stories

Hear ALICE stories from Arkansans. WATCH NOW

Meeting the Entrepreneurs | Made in America

Watch the second and third episodes in a series of four documentaries produced by GoDaddy, featuring the work of AR AFN member Communities Unlimited.
The videos are an effective commentary on entrepreneurship and its potential to close the racial wealth gap, and to generate more good jobs in communities long ignored.
These are truly stories about “equity” and what entrepreneurship means to families of color and how business ownership helps immigrant families integrate into our economy. They tell the story of why life style businesses are so important to our economy and also to combat inequality.
  • Episode 2: Sequoia Williams – That’s So You Boutique in Little Rock, AR
  • Episode 3: Consuelo Rosales – Consuelo’s Cleaning Services – Jonesboro, AR