The Ross Foundation — which began operation in early 1967 — was founded by Esther Ross and her daughter, Jane. Its initial endowment came from the estate of Esther’s father and Jane’s grandfather, J.G. Clark. From the original core lands used to endow the Ross Foundation, the Foundation has grown to approximately 63,000 acres of land, primarily situated in Clark and Hot Spring County, Ark. These lands are held for conservation and charitable purposes. Located in Arkadelphia, the Ross Foundation doesn’t just manage timberlands held for conservation purposes, it also administers a philanthropic grants program through revenue produced by timber.