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There was a time in his life that Bill Mann, president of the board of operations at Methodist Family Health, felt his career as a lawyer did not really help people. “This is when I began volunteering,” explains Bill. His wife Karon is also active and engaged in the United Methodist Church as a member of the board of directors and delegate on the national denomination level. She expounds on their faith and how it guides them in civic leadership. “My Christian faith inspires me to give of my time and money.” Bill adds, “Jesus said when you feed someone, or take care of them, you also do for him. I feel like philanthropy allows me to do this.” The results of Bill’s professional unrest and their steadfast Christian beliefs continue to improve the lives of fellow Arkansans.
Bill and Karon select organizations that reflect their family’s values. “I am drawn to Methodist Family Health because the work gives children who come from difficult circumstances a chance to have a better life,” Karon adds, “We believe that supporting and strengthening families builds a stronger community.” The Methodist Family Health mission provides a unique portfolio of programs and resources for the children and families of Arkansas. “I love their complete dedication to rebuilding lives,” Karon states, “They truly fill a gap in Arkansas.” Their consistent commitment to Methodist Family Health has made a significant impact for clients at Methodist Children’s Home, Methodist Behavioral Hospital, Methodist Counseling Clinics and Arkansas CARES (Center for Addictions Research, Education and Services).
Methodist Family Health is not the only organization that benefits from the Manns’ generosity. Bill and Karon share their time and resources with a wide variety of humanitarian-devoted groups. “I am originally from Central Arkansas and have always lived here. It is my home and I want to give back,” Bill explains. The same is true for Karon. The couple is also devoted to Miracle League of Arkansas, Family Promise of Pulaski County, Arkansas Food Bank, Family Promise, UAMS Psychiatry Department, Camp Aldersgate and Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families. The Manns believe these organizations increase the results of their gifts – reaching underserved, sometimes overlooked, demographics.
This philosophy is impressive, but even more touching is the conviction and nearness that the Manns feel. Bill and Karon are especially passionate about the special needs of children, homelessness, food insecurity and mental healthcare. “Due to our son’s experience with mental illness, mental healthcare is very important to me,” explains Bill. The family’s genuine desire to really help individuals – which is the actual definition of philanthropy – makes Bill and Karon exemplary examples of lives devoted to philanthropy.
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