ABOUT NWA Gives

Our vision is to see Northwest Arkansas become the most generous community on Earth!

We do that by:

  • Leading 12 hours of giving in April.
  • Encouraging generosity in the DNA of NWA.
  • Bringing systemic change to the nonprofit community by providing fundraising education, training, and resources that benefit causes all year long.

Our Story

In April of 2015, 2016, and 2017, there was a state-wide giving day called Arkansas Gives that raised over $12 million for 900+ nonprofits in 3 years.

After Arkansas Gives concluded in 2017, Tim Howington and Chris Haas of Freedom5:one Ministries were so determined to keep the giving day momentum alive, they launched NWA Gives in the Spring of 2018 and had the first NWA Gives day of giving on April 5th, 2018.

Chris and Tim only had a couple months to put the day together, but were able to rally 115 nonprofits from across Benton and Washington county to participate. Collectively they raised $208,000 in 12 hours!

Seeing the heart for giving in NWA and the potential for a massive day of giving (like other regions have around the country), Chris and Tim invited the Pure Charity team to help scale NWA Gives in 2019 and beyond.

NWA Gives is now being led by Pure Charity, Branches Mission Lab, and Freedom5:one with the support of the NWA Gives Steering Team representing organizations from across Northwest Arkansas.

Steering Team

Chris Haas, Freedom5:one

Jesse Lane, Branches Mission Lab

Kasie Yokley & Leslie Zanoff, 3W Magazine

Zak Heald, NWA Alive

Mike Rusch, Pure Charity

Ali Johnson, Hark

Darrel Harvey, Greater Bentonville Chamber of Commerce

Christine Drake, Student, University of Arkansas

Tim Howington, Freedom5:one

Josh Hall, Hark

Emily Rappe Fischer, Children’s Safety Center & AFP NWA

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