The Degen Foundation

Degen Foundation History

Sparks Hospital c. 1900
Sparks Hospital c. 1900

Arkansas’ first hospital, St. John’s, was founded by the Reverend George F. Degen, who in 1887, collected $500 from local merchants along Garrison Ave to rent a building as a place to care for the injured. We honor Reverend Degen and the efforts of so many to improve health care in our hometown.



“Providing for our region’s health care needs
by investing in practical solutions today
with a vision for tomorrow”

Featured Organization

As of December of 2011, the Community Dental Clinic (CDC) moved into its new building at 3428 Armour Street in Fort Smith. The CDC was established in 1989 after Medicaid discontinued services for all dental procedures in Arkansas.

Dr. Robert “Bob” Skinner founded the clinic which was set up in the basement of the Westminster Church with only a donated dental chair and sterilization more

Foundation Announcements

The Degen Foundation is pleased to announce the second Grant and Scholarship cycle for 2016 starts January 1st. There is a March 31st deadline for a June Award.

The Degen Foundation receives Humanitarian of the Year award. (Read more...)

Please see instructions for Grant and Scholarship applications for either email or hard-copy filing.

Please Send All Materials To:

Attn: Executive Director
The Degen Foundation
PO Box 10366
Fort Smith, AR 72917

Dedicated to improving the health care and education needs in the River Valley Region.