Arkansas Community Foundation of Faulkner County granted $25,000 at a reception Friday to 15 community groups.

Recipients from each of the organizations spoke briefly in the Nabholz conference room at Factory Street in Conway about their respective groups’ purpose and upcoming plans for the use of each grant.

Giving Tree Grants are given each year by the Arkansas Community Foundation to non-profit organizations "dedicated to helping those who need help."

"It is very powerful to hear from so many non-profits about the charitable work that they accomplish in our community," said Julie La Rue, executive director. "ARCF of Faulkner County is honored to help them further their missions through the Giving Tree Grant program."

Arkansas Community Foundation establishes endowment funds and makes grants to organizations and government entities that seek to improve quality of life for Arkansas residents.

The group ended the 2011 fiscal year with more than $150 million in assets.

According to LaRue, ARCF of Faulkner County has assets just under $2.5 million and has granted more than $146,000 in Giving Tree Grants since 2003.

This year’s recipients were: Conway Cradle Care, Faulkner County Council on Aging, American Red Cross, Children’s Advocacy Alliance, Life Long Learners, Inc., Conway Interfaith Clinic, Make a Child Smile of Central Arkansas, Arkansas Foodbank, City of Hope Outreach, Community Connections, the City of Greenbrier, City of Conway EcoFest, Bethlehem House, and Arkansas Rice Depot.

ARCF of Faulkner County’s board will host a reception to honor fund owners Thursday of next week at Michelangelo’s at 5:30 p.m.

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