The Spark Foundation

A Fayetteville-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to promote health and education and bridge the gap between the two. The foundation partners with community organizations and schools to provide fitness opportunities for youth, including running clubs, camps, and family-friendly events. They host the Cow Paddy Run 5k and 1k, a fundraiser for the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation. Website:

Fayetteville Public Education Foundation

A 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to raise private funds for resources, programs, and opportunities that are not available to our students through the district’s normal operating budget.” Its vision is to underwrite excellence in the Fayetteville Public Schools by providing students, kindergarten through twelfth grade, with nationally competitive educational experiences designed to help them reach their full potential. Website:

Arkansas Special Olympics

Its mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. The organization offers training, equipment, and competition to athletes free of charge. The regional event is held annually in Fayetteville. Website:

Muscular Dystrophy Association Arkansas

A nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education. The Association provides services for over 800 people living in Arkansas who suffer from one of 43 neuromuscular dystrophy diseases, including ALS (Lou-Gehrig’s Disease). Website:

Fayetteville Firefighters Scholarship Fund

The fund helps children of Fayetteville Firefighters who are members of the IAFF – local 2866 further their education. Website:

Camp Sunshine

A free 4 day camp for children who survived burn injuries. It was founded by the Burn Center at Arkansas Children’s’ Hospital. The goal of the camp is to promote physical and emotional healing as well as growth and development of burned children. Website: