(STATEWIDE, Ark.) June 22, 2021 – As the statewide Campaign for a Healthier Tomorrow comes to a close later this month, Arkansas Children’s Foundation celebrates a $1 million gift from Melanie and Edwin Wells to establish an endowment supporting the CEO Strategic Initiatives Fund at Arkansas Children’s.
As the only pediatric health system in the state, this endowment will ensure Arkansas Children’s executive leaders always have access to the most important tool: the ability to respond quickly to strategic opportunities and dynamic changes in healthcare.
“Melanie and Edwin Wells have a deep commitment to improving child health and their community,” said Fred Scarborough, president of the Arkansas Children’s Foundation. “Endowments, such as theirs, fuel long-term strategic growth and help deliver the best possible care to the children of Arkansas. We are incredibly thankful for this gift and their longtime support.”
The Wells are longtime supporters of Arkansas Children’s and are active members of the Log A Load For Kids of Arkansas chapter. Since the chapter began in 1991, local volunteer fundraisers have raised more than $10 million for Arkansas Children’s, investing largely in endowments, supporting emergency services and advancing pediatric cardiovascular care.
“Endowments are an important investment for any organization,” said Edwin Wells. “We are proud to give a gift that will exist in perpetuity and ensure the future of Arkansas Children’s.”
The Melanie and Edwin Wells Strategic Endowment is designed to support small and large projects. In recent years, the CEO Strategic Initiatives Fund has fueled innovations and advanced key initiatives such as statewide clinics, research and clinical excellence at Arkansas Children’s.
Expanding endowed chairs, research and clinical programs is critical to advancing pediatric care and delivering a healthier tomorrow. Since the Campaign for a Healthier Tomorrow began in 2015, four new endowed chairs have been established at Arkansas Children’s.
Today, Arkansas Children’s celebrates 40 endowed chairs and 329 individually endowed funds with a market value of more than $443 million.
Campaign for a Healthier Tomorrow
The Campaign for a Healthier Tomorrow is a bold $250 million statewide campaign designed to support Arkansas Children’s vision:
Unprecedented Child Health
Defined and Delivered
By most national measures, Arkansas is one of the least healthy states ranking 40 out of 50 states in child health and well-being. Arkansas Children’s envisions a healthier tomorrow for all 710,000 children in Arkansas—for both our patients and the children who will never walk through the doors of Arkansas Children’s.
Arkansas Children’s invites you to be a champion for children in our state and make a gift to the Campaign for a Healthier Tomorrow before it concludes on June 30. Your generous support helps deliver on the promise of a healthier tomorrow for the children of Arkansas. Join us and make your gift today at giving.archildrens.org or by calling 888-880-7491.