Beverly Keener Endowment(Russellville) June 20 – Beverly Keener has established a $1 million endowment to support child maltreatment prevention and education through the David M. Clark Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The endowment will be named the Beverly and David Keener Family Endowed Fund in Child Maltreatment Prevention.

“Kids who have been mistreated are so vulnerable, so innocent,” said Beverly. “The fact that they can now go to a single place to tell their painful, traumatizing story one time is so important. The sooner law enforcement can coordinate directly with the clinical team, the sooner that child and their family can begin to heal. Our family knew we wanted to provide a brighter outcome for children experiencing abuse and neglect.”

Beverly has served as a volunteer for Arkansas Children’s Hospital since 1999. She is also a member of the Circle of Friends chapter in Russellville. She’s dedicated her time to providing tours of the hospital, rocking infants and comforting patients for nearly two decades. 

Beverly Keener is a true champion for children,” said Fred Scarborough, chief development officer for Arkansas Children’s and president of Arkansas Children’s Foundation. “Her unyielding commitment to serving children and investing in resources for our most vulnerable patients will have a lasting impact for generations to come. This gift from the Keener family will bring light to the dark reality of child maltreatment.”

In 2017, Arkansas Department of Human Services reported 9,364 substantiated cases of child abuse in the state of Arkansas.

About Arkansas Children’s

Arkansas Children’s, Inc. is the only health care system in the state solely dedicated to caring for children, which allows the organization to uniquely shape the landscape of pediatric care in Arkansas. The system includes a 336-bed hospital in Little Rock with the state’s only pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center, burn center, Level 4 neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care, and research institute as well as a nationally-recognized transport service. It is one of the 25 largest children’s hospitals in the United States and is nationally ranked by U.S. News World & Report in cardiology/heart surgery, neurology/neurosurgery, nephrology and pulmonology. Arkansas Children’s Northwest in Springdale includes 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, emergency care, clinic rooms and diagnostic services. Arkansas Children’s also blankets the state with outreach programs that include telemedicine, mobile health and school-based health solutions. A private nonprofit, Arkansas Children’s boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking research and is committed to providing every child with access to the best care available, regardless of location or resources. Founded as an orphanage, Arkansas Children’s has championed children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow for more than 100 years. For more info, visit