The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas was launched in 1998 when two of our founders, Pat Lile and Olivia Farrell, saw the need for funding dedicated to investing in projects that support women and girls in our community. These women were instrumental in seeking out prominent female leaders from “Top 100 Women in Arkansas,” where the idea for an organization for and by women was initiated. We strive to not only expand educational opportunities for women who do not have access to them, but also empower and equip women with necessary resources for emerging occupations, improve the economic status of women, and promote a mentorship for women and girls who are in need of tangible and emotional support.


In 1999, the first Power of the Purse luncheon was held to announce the grants made possible to support these causes with donations from the original founders. WFA now holds this fundraising event each year to honor accomplished women, announce grants made that year, and highlight other WFA programs.


2021 Luncheon Details

Venue: Arkansas Governor’s Mansion 

2020 Power of the Purse event chairs: Martie North & Scott Hamilton

Woman of the Year in Business: Tamika S. Edwards, JD., Central Arkansas Water

Women of the Year in Philanthropy: Beverly Morrow

Arkansas First Lady’s Woman in Public Service: Dr. Jerrilyn Jones, MD, MPH, UAMS, Arkansas Department of Health

Learn who we are, what we do, and how you can help women in Arkansas be stronger. When women succeed, Arkansas succeeds.

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