Little Rock, Big Hearts

Little Rock, Big Hearts
Heifer International in Little Rock (Rachel Elmakiss)

Arkansas is a state of fiercely generous residents and is among the top 10 states in regards to charitable giving.

Compared to the national average of 2.2 percent, residents in Pulaski County give 3.5 percent of their income to charity — a total of over $400 million in 2015 alone. Our rates of giving aren’t surprising, considering the 2,000 nonprofits that call Little Rock home, making it the perfect place to work, play and give.

Heifer International

In more than 70 years Heifer has provided more than 3 million families in more than 125 countries the tools and training to lift themselves from poverty through sustainable farming and sound business practices. By helping farmers access markets and empowering women, Heifer continues to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.

Clinton Foundation

The William J. Clinton Foundation, building on President Clinton’s lifetime of public service, established separate initiatives to alleviate poverty, improve global health, strengthen economies and protect the environment.

Winrock International

Winrock International, from its LEED Gold-rated headquarters, links individuals and communities with new ideas and technology to increase long-term productivity, equity and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.

Keeping It Local

Little Rock also has nonprofit organizations that seek to target the local community. As an affiliate of Baptist Health Medical Center, the Baptist Health Foundation serves the families of patients through several outreach programs. The Psalm 91 Fund, The Baby Project, and Grateful Patient Program all seek to give back to the community in a variety of ways — from nursing scholarships and caregiver recognition programs, to NICU technology donations and housing patients’ families — BH Foundation has an abundance of opportunities for donating time and money to the surrounding community.

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