Hunt Family Creates Permanent Endowment of $750,000 for The Salvation Army

Jul 19, 2022 | by Cindy Fuller

The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas, serving Benton, Carroll, Madison, and Washington Counties is very grateful to The Hunt Family for establishing a permanent $750,000 endowment. The gift will support sheltering homeless individuals and families in Northwest Arkansas. Annual income generated by the endowment will be used for housing-focused shelter programs. 

This restricted endowment established at Arkansas Community Foundation will allow The Salvation Army to continue supporting staff salaries, training, and continuing education, while allowing flexibility in purchasing equipment and/or materials to continuously keep The Salvation Army shelters in high functioning and working order. This critical support will enable The Salvation Army to provide high quality services to the most vulnerable clients, and serve as the best place for respite care for those in the community that need support to obtain housing. 

“Our philanthropic mission is to help those in need, and The Salvation Army accomplishes that through its extensive work. I enjoy working with The Salvation Army and am glad that our family can be part of their organization through this gift that will help so many people,” said Jane Hunt 

In addition to the endowment, an additional $250,000 was given by Jane Hunt to support growing capacity of staff and resources in the Northwest Arkansas Area Command headquarters and Fayetteville shelter. This support will enable The Salvation Army to retain the most highly trained case workers which will benefit The Salvation Army’s clients in achieving the goal of permanent housing. 

In 2021, The Salvation Army served thousands of community members through a wide array of programs and services including 95,280 meals and 21,035 nights of lodging for men, women and children in crisis situations. The shelter offers a safe place, a hot shower and a clean bed, nutritious food, counseling and life skills.  Other service programs include case management and more than $166,000 in financial assistance for rent utilities, prescriptions, bus fares and more.  

“This generous gift from the Hunt Family will ensure that the critical work we do at The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas continues for generations. These funds will allow us to meet the growing needs of the community for those at most risk in Northwest Arkansas. We are grateful to the entire Hunt Family for creating this lasting legacy of …’doing the most good,’” said Major Nick Garrison, Northwest Arkansas Salvation Army Area Commander. 

To support ongoing and future needs for Salvation Army in NWA, the public is welcome to contribute directly to the organization or contribute to the Hunt Family Endowment for Salvation Army NWA held at Arkansas Community Foundation. To support either fund, please call 479-521-2151 or email

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