On Dec. 21, 2021, Fayetteville City Council voted unanimously to accept a $100,000 donation from long-time resident Dick Bennett. Mr. Bennett requested that the City use these funds to establish a trust fund to address migration and refugee resettlement services that may arise in the future.
The trust fund will serve as a pass-through to other organizations that provide climate refugee resettlement services. City administration will determine which organizations qualify to receive funding allocations.
The City of Fayetteville, designated a Welcoming City, currently participates with several refugee resettlement services across Northwest Arkansas. This trust fund, in combination with the City's efforts towards net zero emissions and climate resilience, helps prepare the community to provide greater service and support for future needs.
How can I contribute to the fund?
Individuals or organizations are welcome to contribute to this fund.
Donating by check: Please make check payable to City of Fayetteville and include "Climate Refugee Fund" in the description. Checks can be mailed to:
City of Fayetteville 113 W. Mountain St. Fayetteville, AR 72701