The Fairfield Bay Community Foundation
When the Fairfield Bay Community Foundation was established in 2016, the mission was simple: to connect people who care with projects that matter. The founders recognized there was a disconnect between the great ideas of the people of Fairfield Bay, and the many private foundations and trusts statewide that award grants to fund these ideas. Formed as a non-profit charitable organization, the Foundation grew in ranks quickly, and became an essential part of the improvement and preservation of the Bay.
In 2017, the Foundation was becoming an organization that not only was gaining momentum in respect of citizens, but was also in need of more tools to ensure positive future growth. In September, Fairfield Bay Community Foundation became the Fairfield Bay Community Fund, with the Arkansas Community Foundation, a statewide organization that promotes smart giving to improve communities.
Together, Arkansas Community Foundation and the Fairfield Bay Community Fund have created a partnership that will work for the benefit of Fairfield Bay and its residents for generations to come. The Fairfield Bay Community Fund would not be the organization it is today without the support and generosity of the Cornerstone Society – a group of individuals who have invested both time and money to ensure the success of the organization. The Cornerstone Society members are recognized for their generosity on the Commemorative Walkway in Ed Leamon Park. The brick walkway leads to the rose garden in the center of the park, and includes the names of donors and those they wish to remember. This walkway spotlights those who share a vision for the future of the Bay, and membership is growing every week.
The Fairfield Bay Community Fund is proud of the projects that have been completed throughout the Bay. The Jim and Helen White Fund, established thorough Arkansas Community Foundation and the Fairfield Bay Community Fund, has funded several projects at the Log Cabin Museum; the restoration of the front porch and walkway, and the placement of the plexiglass barrier around the taxidermy
exhibit. The Fund partnered with Fairfield Bay EMS to award the Fairfield Bay Library eight new computers. Not only will these computers be for public use, they will be used as tools for the EMS crew members to receive training and information on the latest life-saving skills. Later in 2018, the Fund is excited to partner with the Our Towne Little Theater to bring musical performances to Fairfield Bay. As
you drive through town, be sure to look for signs in front of projects we’ve helped complete!
With so much positive impact already felt throughout Fairfield Bay, the Fairfield Bay Community Fund is excited to for the future of the Bay. Our mission remains…
Connecting People Who Care With Projects That Matter
Last week, eight new computers were presented to the Fairfield Bay Library, made possible through a partnership 50:50 grant between the Fairfield Bay Community Fund Cornerstone Society and the Fairfield Bay EMS. These computers will not only be used for library business and guest use, but also will be tools to be used by the members of the EMS team to further their skills and training. The Cornerstone Society and EMS Team are thrilled that we can partner together for the benefit of Fairfield Bay and its visitors, serving the community and improving the overall health and quality of life for the citizens we call friends and family.
Pictured, l-r, are Vic Anderson, FFB Library Board; Andrea Notz, FFB EMS; Karen Tangen, FFB Library Director; Linda Duncan, FFB Community Fund Advisory Board; Vonda Welke, FFB Library Board; Mary Baker, FFB Library Board; Doris Wilkinson, FFB Library Board; and Chuck Lang, FFB Library Board.