Great Grads: Carolyn McCone ’77 ’78
Carolyn Pharis McCone, a 1977 cum laude UALR graduate in sociology with a 1978 masterā²s degree in social work, goes above and beyond to deliver the best to nonprofit organizations in Arkansas.
McCone, membership chair of the UALR Alumni Association, also goes above and beyond to serve her alma mater. Like the organizations to whom she devotes her career, McCone says UALR makes profound differences.
“I am passionate about the work of nonprofit organizations because of the changes they can make in peopleā²s lives,” McCone said. “These organizations give individuals the opportunities to volunteer and donate to make significant changes happen.”
McCone said her education at UALR helped her focus that passion into a career in fundraising for nonprofit organizations in the community.
She has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 1994 and has directed fund raising efforts for some of the largest health care facilities in the state, including the Reynolds Center on Aging at UAMS, vice president of the St. Vincent Development Foundation, and senior vice president of the United Way of Pulaski County.
She is also a sustaining member of the Junior League of Little Rock and serves on the board of directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Arkansas. She is an alumnae of Leadership Greater Little Rock. Previous activities have included Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Pulaski County, Girl Scouts, RAIN, Arkansas Repertory Theatre and Nonprofit Resources.
Currently, McCone is director of development at Mount St. Mary Academy, where she strives to make the academy a world class facility for its students.
“My education at UALR, and in particular with the Graduate School of Social Work, gave me the knowledge and confidence to work in a variety of increasingly more responsible roles.”
McCone is married and has one stepson.