Children Living In Poverty Initiative

United Way of Northwest Arkansas believes that children living in poverty is both a severe and sobering situation in Northwest Arkansas that demands collective action. According to 2015 census data, over 27,000 children under the age of 18 live in poverty in our community and another 20,000+ children live in “near poor” families – that is almost half the children in the region.

United Way of Northwest Arkansas is committed to creating pathways to prosperity that increase opportunities for children to live and grow in a thriving, nurturing environment – looking forward to a successful future. We realize no one organization can do it alone. And reducing child poverty in Northwest Arkansas must be more than just helping our neighbors in need. We’re all connected. We are all in this together. We, as a community, need to stand up for all children and their future.

UWNWA has committed to address the issue of children living in poverty with the goal that every child will be provided with a pathway out of poverty. United Way will play a specific role in the community to address this issue by:

  • Convening and educating our community about children living in poverty
  • Identifying impactful partnerships with the goal of providing a pathway out of poverty
  • Mobilizing resources to achieve collective impact in our community
  • Investing in our community to reduce the number of children living in poverty

Projects Funded

United Way of Northwest Arkansas is proud to invest $2.9 million over the next 2 years in 38 critical programs across the region. By providing children living in poverty with the skills and resources to thrive, these programs are building the foundation for lifelong success and helping to break the cycle of generational poverty. Click here for the complete list of organizations and programs funded.

For more information on our Children Living in Poverty grantees or on Community Impact please contact Ana Phakhin, Community Impact Director by phone at 479-303-4422 or by email