Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation



To inspire community center advocacy and financial support.

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Board Chairperson

Debbie Davis

Main address

PO BOX 126


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NTEE code info

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Economic Development (S30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 2010, voters funded a new Eureka Springs High School leaving the former high school property for sale. The Eureka Springs School Board asked its Facilities Committee to form a subcommittee (which became the Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation) to develop a plan for the property. Holding several charrettes with residents to get ideas about the vacated property, the overwhelming choice was a community center. The community recognized that there was an important missing element to improving their quality of life and in building a stronger Eureka Springs - a community center which offers classes, a gym, indoor exercise, a gathering space, outdoor recreation, and special events. The Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation has brought hope to residents that this gateway to the historic district will continue to be developed for community use. It has been met with enthusiasm and gratitude from Eureka Springs residents when each goal in the development plan has been met.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Eureka Springs Community Center

We offer a full week of classes, programs, and opportunities to use the gym and the Fitness Center to people in the Western District of Carroll County. We also offer day passes to area visitors. The Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation (ESCCF) was established as a 501c3 organization in 2015 to transform the abandoned, deteriorating campus of the old Eureka Springs High School into a vibrant facility that engages youth, families, and seniors, re-energizes community spirit and provides focused activities for people of all ages.

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation is committed to the redevelopment plan for Eureka Springs Community Center Campus.

This redevelopment plan will:

* IMPROVE quality of life for residents through development of a community center, splash park, and community trails.
* LAUNCH a professional opportunity by adding 13,000 Sq. Ft. of Class A office space, called the Eureka Springs Business Center.
* CREATE a multi-use green space including an outdoor, farmers markets, and an exhibition space.
* STIMULATE economic development by adding handicap accessible meeting space for government and private meetings.
* RESPECT the environment by developing a strategy for energy-efficient and sustainable facilities.
* ADD a community greenhouse, youth activity room and community living room for community gatherings and growth.

Board committees need to community fund raise, to seek grants, and to foster relationships with potential individual donors, businesses and corporations for immediate and long-term giving.

Their fundraising success allows:
* improvements to be made to the community center campus.
* staff to be hired to manage the Center including organizing classes and events to be held at the community center for area residents.

Fundraising strategies change in volatile times, such as the 2020 Covid-19 health crisis, but commitment drives the Community Center Foundation Board to continue, albeit somewhat differently, fundraising activities to meet operational and capital improvement expenses.

A major component of the funding sustainability plan from the start was developing the Eureka Springs Business Center, 9 units available, 900-3700 sq ft. located on the community center campus. Revenue generated from these leases will support much of the operational expenses of the Eureka Springs Community Center. The Property Manager is working with the Board to have the Eureka Springs Business Center fully occupied.

Community support in the local banking community has always been strong for the Eureka Springs Community Center, evidenced by a grant awarded which allowed the Foundation to build a walking trail around the community center campus. The trail is solid surface and level, accommodating a wide range of walkers. The trail success inspires the Board to seek additional funding for lights, benches and exercise equipment all of which will enhance the trail experience for its users.

The continued nurturing of the Foundation's relationship with local banking institutions allows improvements to the Center which, in turn, improves the quality of life for the community's residents.

The Board's Grants Committee is focused on a writing grants to assist with the construction of an outdoor event pavilion to be used by the Eureka Springs Farmers Market and others. They regularly review other grant opportunities.

Grants are also being targeted to rehabilitate a large area in the community center. Once completed, this area will be open for social events and community meetings further cementing the value of the community center to area residents.

The Board's Major Donor Committee is working on a strategy which includes outright gifts and planned gifts such as wills, trusts, remainder trusts. Committee members are presenting these donation choices to potential major donors.

Partnerships with other area non-profits have been fostered with great success in programming and resource sharing. This strategy will continue to be employed in future project to the benefit of both organizations.

The Community Center staff join the Board in promoting community center memberships and room rentals adding an important component to the operations budget.

The Eureka Springs Community Center has a full-sized gymnasium with bleachers, a large Fitness Center with new professional equipment, two large meeting rooms and a large outdoor space for classes, activities and events. The campus is centrally located in Eureka Springs with plenty of parking. The small dedicated staff brings new recreational activities to the Center and supports the existing programs and activities. The Community Center Foundation Board is fully engaged in assisting the staff and in taking on the responsibility of fundraising to support the operational costs of the running a community center and for continued capital improvements to the campus.

The Board aggressively seeks out major donors, large operational grants, and corporate support. Much success has been realized with over 1,000 donations made to the Community Center Foundation since its inception in 2015. These donors realize the valuable resource the community center is to the community and that their charitable giving keeps the doors open.

Both the staff and the board actively seek out local and regional partnerships to mutually benefit their objectives. These productive relationships create events and activities that are beyond the scope of individual organizations and present them to larger audiences.

In 2019, the Eureka Springs Community Center (ESCC) offered a variety of classes from Art classes in partnership with Eureka Springs School of the Arts to Zumba® exercise. There was enthusiastic participation in ESCC classes, programs and activities with annual family and individual memberships at 392.

The staff increased to five employees.

Work was completed on remodeling the Fitness Center, a major goal of the Eureka Springs Community Center. It opened in May 2019. Renovation included insulation, LED lighting, ceiling fans, security cameras, new HVAC units, padded flooring and the installation of quality cardio and weight equipment.

The Community Center held its first Summer Youth Program which included access to a nearby motel swimming pool and crafts afternoons back at the Center. This successful program was well received by a number of youth, 12 years and older.

Partnering with the Eureka Springs School District, the Eureka Springs Community Center administered the After-School Program throughout the school year with elementary school teachers giving K-6 grade students a varied and stimulating after school experience.

The outdoor space continued to be used by the Eureka Springs Farmers Market, operating weekly on Thursdays all year. Growers and others sellers offered produce, plants, flowers, bread, attracting customers from the surrounding area. All agreed that moving the Farmers Market limestone pad closer to Highway 62 provided greater highway visibility and easier access.

The community greenhouse, leased by the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission, was used to raise plants for placement in city parks. The other half of the greenhouse is used by the Parks Commission for community benefit through classes and demonstrations, and included partnering with the Native Plant Association for plant sales.

The Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Eureka Springs used the meeting rooms as did other organizations for meetings and special events at the Center all year.

With great appreciation from the ESCC board and staff, a large home was donated to the Board in 2018. It was sold in 2019 thus making funds available for Business Center renovation.

In late 2019, the board set its 2020 work plan which included: renovate Building 200 into the Eureka Springs Business Center; replace Community Center roof over the future meeting rooms and lounge area; build walking trail around the Community Center Campus; increase hours of operation; replace current website with a more informative and interactive website.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation (ESCCF) was established in 2015 to transform the abandoned campus of the old Eureka Springs High School into a vibrant facility engaging youth, families, and seniors. Through a community planning process, ESCCF designed a three-phase Action Plan to be executed as resources become available. Over $900,000 has been raised in local and grant support to renovate and open the facility. Work has been completed on the Gym and the Fitness Center; these spaces are now fully utilized for activities, classes and programs. Meeting rooms are now available to public and private groups. ESCCF will continue to operate Eureka Springs' only After-School Program at the Eureka Springs Elementary School when the school reopens; the Center will soon resume daily yo

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    When the Eureka Springs High School moved to a new building, the School District was tasked with repurposing the vacated property. They held several charrettes with area residents soliciting ideas. Building a community center was the overwhelming choice voiced by residents. The School Board Subcommittee organized into a 501c3 entity forming the Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation. As a non-profit volunteer organization, the group entered a Lease to Purchase Agreement with the School District, has applied for grants, and has received tax-deductible donations to continue property development and to cover operational expenses. The Community Center has become social gathering place offering a quality of life amenity necessary to retain existing residents and attracting new residents.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Most recent changes: - we listened to our members and extended basketball hours and pickleball hours in the gym -we acted on members' requests for additional open hours. In the last year, we increased our weekly hours of operation by over 20 hours per week -we have updated our website,, offering online class and membership payments. It takes a community to build a community center and the requests made by our community has fashioned our community in such a way to genuinely reflect the needs our community has.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,


Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation

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Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation

Board of directors
as of 12/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Allen Huffman

ARVEST Branch President

Term: 2020 - 2022

Glenn Crenshaw

All Seasons Real Estate, llc

Jean Elderwind

Retired library administrator

Adam Biossat

Realtor, Bay Real Estate

Debbie Davis

Retired university educator

Fatima VanZant

Business Owner

Jack Moyer

Executive Vice President, Basin Park & Crescent Hotel

Amanda Haley

Hospitality Specialist

Victor Smith

Business Owner

Sally Williams Gorrell

Retired Social Worker

Anna Smedley-Barner


Doug Allen

Business Owner

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/17/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/03/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.