Today the Northwest Arkansas community gathered to celebrate National Philanthropy Day. Northwest Arkansas National Philanthropy Day, sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northwest Arkansas Chapter, is a special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy – and those people active in the philanthropic community – have made in the lives of many.

This year, Missy Darwin Kincaid, Director of Donor Engagement at the Walton Arts Center will be recognized as Outstanding Fundraising Executive.

“The celebration of philanthropy is a part of each day at Walton Arts Center, and we are thrilled to see Missy recognized for her hard work and commitment to our community,” said Peter B. Lane, president and CEO of Walton Arts Center. “Missy embodies the spirit of this award. She is a natural and inspiring leader, personable and trustworthy. Most of all, she holds exceptional relationships with our benefactors and understands what it interests our donors, patrons and community.”

Missy Darwin Kincaid joined Walton Arts Center in 2000 as the director of development and led a development team of three in raising $1.3 million to support a $3.7 million operating budget. Since then, she has helped to lead the development staff to outstanding fundraising success each year. Most recently, Missy has led the organization’s $23 million capital campaign currently in progress that will renovate and expand the Fayetteville facility. Her leadership has allowed Walton Arts Center’s annual Art of Wine Festival to grow from one evening to a full weekend of dinners, wine tastings and auctions raising more than $1.5 million for arts education since 2000.

“It is truly an honor to receive this award,” said Kincaid. “I am so blessed to work with an amazing team at Walton Arts Center and the donors whose support allows us to bring world class artists to our community.”

Walton Arts Center congratulates all honorees receiving awards this year, many with close ties to Walton Arts Center. Northwest Arkansas is a better place because of their outstanding contributions to advancing philanthropy in our community.