Arkansas Children’s on Wednesday announced $2.5 million in donations for its operations in Jonesboro, as it continued to promote the public launch of its $250 million fundraising campaign.
Speaking in Jonesboro, hospital officials said an anonymous donor has given $1 million to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Jonesboro Clinic. The money will be split to support the clinic’s current expansion and to create an endowment to support the clinic in perpetuity.
Officials said another $1.5 million had come from The Sunderland Foundation of Kansas City, Missouri, a volunteer group called Circle of Friends and “many statewide supporters.” The money will help expand programs and services of the clinic and the fundraising campaign, called “Campaign for a Healthier Tomorrow.”
“Providing unprecedented healthcare delivery and improving child health is vital to the future of Arkansas,” said Fred Scarborough, chief development officer for Arkansas Children’s and president of the Arkansas Children’s Foundation. “We are proud to celebrate the generosity of our anonymous donor, Kim and Chris Fowler, Circle of Friends volunteers across the state and The Sunderland Foundation. Their investment in child health will provide greater access to healthcare for families in the region.”
In 2018, Kim Fowler and her husband Chris Fowler, president of Fowler Foods Inc., donated $750,000 to the foundation, which used the money to buy the 8,000-SF building that housed the clinic and expand it. In all, the Fowlers have provided more than $1.5 million to the clinic, which is named in their honor. The clinic opened in 2012.
The Sunderland Group is a nonprofit that specializes in capital improvements and special projects in higher education, human services, arts and health care. It focuses on areas that had been served by the Ash Grove Cement Co. of Overland Park, Kansas, which owns Ash Grove Packaging of Little Rock and Ash Grove Cement in Foreman (Little River County).
Circle of Friends is a volunteer group affiliated with Arkansas Children’s. Its members help coordinate fundraising outreach activities across Arkansas.
Since 2015, Arkansas Children’s “Campaign for a Healthier Tomorrow” has raised more than $200 million toward a $250 million goal. It launched the public phase of the campaign this week, announcing donations and new operations in places including Pine Bluff and Texarkana.