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Hendrix Alumna Honored by Women’s Foundation of Arkansas

ACF President and CEO Heather Larkin ’93 Named Woman of the Year in Philanthropy

CONWAY, Ark. (September 21, 2022) — Hendrix College alumna Heather Larkin ’93 was honored as the Woman of the Year in Philanthropy by the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas at the organization’s 24th annual Power of the Purse Luncheon, held today in Little Rock. The annual event celebrates the career and philanthropic accomplishments of women and organizations from across the state.

Larkin is President and CEO of the Arkansas Community Foundation, an independent philanthropic organization serving donors, the nonprofit sector, and the communities of Arkansas. 

Throughout her career, she has showcased her commitment to engaging people and connecting resources to build stronger communities in Arkansas. Since joining the Community Foundation, she has overseen its growth from $19 million in assets and $1.4 million in annual grants to over $600 million in assets and $35 million in annual grants.

A native of Charleston, Larkin graduated from Hendrix with distinction in Economics and Business. She uses her law and accounting background to work with donors, professional advisors, and affiliate community foundations to build philanthropic funds for the benefit of Arkansas. In 2001, she was named a Hull Fellow and attended the Hull Leadership Program, a program to nurture and inspire the Southeast’s next generation of philanthropic leaders. In 2005, she was selected as one of five Americans to be a Transatlantic Community Foundation Fellow.  

Larkin was named to her current role by the Arkansas Community Foundation Board of Directors after fellow Hendrix alumna Pat Lile ’60 announced her retirement from the role.