Arkansas Non-Profits

Arkansas Community Correction officials plan to continue operating an online portal that assists ex-convicts in their transition back to society. On Wednesday the state Board of Corrections approved a $50,000 contract for maintenance and upgrades to the Good Grid, a social media-like website. It allows former inmates to upload and build resumes and set up profiles accessible to prospective employers.

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The non-profit Winrock International, which promotes economic development in impoverished areas around the globe, announced on Wednesday that it will take under its umbrella the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub. 

Groups of Heifer project participants in Andean Ecuador gathered supplies to help the victims of the April 16 earthquake.

Ecuador is in the midst of recovery after an April earthquake killed over 660 people. Little Rock-based Heifer International has been working with farmers and fishing families in the region just outside the earthquake's epicenter for decades.

Oscar Castañeda, Vice President of the Americas with Heifer, spoke with KUAR's Jacob Kauffman about the path of recovery efforts.

An internet portal called the Good Grid, designed to assist Arkansas's former inmates in their transition back to society, is about to make its official launch. 


The story of the Good Grid began in 2011, when Nisha Garimalla was trying to improve her chances of getting into grad school for computer science at Stanford University.


American Red Cross

American Red Cross volunteers say they're headed to Tupelo, Mississippi, to assist after storms there left a path of destruction and killed 10 people in the northern part of that state.

Since Wednesday, Red Cross disaster teams had been providing for care for victims across counties in Arkansas, which was also walloped by severe storms.

9 Years In, Little Rock Film Festival To Be No More

Sep 30, 2015

After a nine year existence, the Little Rock Film Festival announced on its website Wednesday that it will not be presenting another event. The festival was known for attracting local, regional and national filmmakers who were able to connect and embark on later collaborations.


Springdale Charity On List To Help Syrian Refugees

Sep 17, 2015

A Springdale-based charity is the only entity in Arkansas approved to help resettle Syrian refugees who may qualify under the Obama administration's recent plans to take in an additional 10,000 people fleeing the Middle East conflict. The Springdale branch of Catholic Immigration Services is among some 180 other processing centers around the U.S. on a list compiled by the U.S. State Department.


Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan.
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The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network has refunded donations from Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan and his Deputy Chief of Staff Jason Brady.

Ray Carson, the cancer group's Associate Director of Media Advocacy for the South Region, says the group had received the checks last week and notified both men that they would be refunded. Carson says there is an ongoing investigation as of Monday into allegations that Brady, a former action network employee, worked on Milligan's campaign for state treasurer using his email address at the nonprofit.

Heifer is working to provide food, water and temporary shelters for the families in Nuwakot, like the one above, who lost their homes and animals in the recent earthquake.
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Arkansas-based Heifer International is shifting gears to some degree in Nepal from long-term development to disaster relief in the wake of a devastating earthquake. The non-profit has had a presence in the Himalayan nation since 1957 and about 50,000 program participants are directly impacted by the natural disaster.

Maggie Thomas, a program officer involved in Heifer’s Nepal work, said tending to immediate relief efforts has become a top priority.

The Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative announced a first of its kind study on Wednesday in an effort to analyze student data and the power of education to break the poverty cycle.

The Arkansas Community Colleges, a non-profit association representing all 22 public community colleges in Arkansas, is spearheading the effort through a joint project with the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Annie E. Casey Foundation.