Contributions to Community Center in Rural Eastern Arkansas Increase Significantly

Building capacity for community-based programs in rural Arkansas

The Boys, Girls, Adults Community Development Center, founded in 1978, provides youth and family services, housing and economic development to residents of the Marvell School District in eastern Arkansas. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the center suffered cutbacks in both private and government funding.

In May 2004, the center hired a development director for one year and strengthen its marketing, communications and fund-raising capabilities. Beatrice Clark Shelby, the project director, also won a Community Health Leaders Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 1993 and is profiled as part of the Program Results Report on the program.

Key Results

  • The center exceeded its program funding goal for 2004–2005, securing approximately $266,000 in funding from foundations, corporations and other organizations.