The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $25,000 in endowment building/technical consultation grants at the annual Agency Partner luncheon on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The grants were presented to 17 agencies.
The Victim Center: $1,500 to create new marketing materials focusing on educating citizens on the services of the Victim Center and encouraging endowment contributions.
Help Give Hope: $1,500 to support the development of a software program for Help Give Hope that will assist in a more efficient tracking system.
Child Advocacy Center: $1,490 to undertake a true endowment building campaign as well as a planned giving initiative.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Ozarks: $1,500 to create new marketing materials for its new Match Makers campaign, which helps donors make a connection with the organization by opting into a monthly giving program at three levels of giving.
Carthage Public Library: $1,400 to replace the oldest of their computers in the children’s area of the Carthage library.
The Gigglebox Foundation: $1,454 to buy proper technology equipment and programs to assist in creating better publications and materials for the Giggleboxes.
Webster County Victim Assistance Program: $1,500 to update technology and IT service needs in the office and develop and host the agency’s first website.
Carthage Crisis Center: $1,500 to increase awareness of the Carthage Crisis Centers’ recycling program, which recycles a large variety of items and produces income for the agency.
Foundation for Fair Grove Public Schools: $1,450 to create the “Give the Gift of Education” program, which will encourage students, parents, teachers, and alumni to contribute to the Foundation’s Granting Dreams Fund.
Community Partnership of the Ozarks: $1,500 to more fully develop a planned giving program to support the Community Partnership’s endowment fund.
CASA of Southwest Missouri: $1,475 to help replace out-of-date computers and software in order to better implement its web-based training program for volunteers and create marketing materials in house.
District 3 Area Agency on Aging Care Connection for Aging Services: $1,500 to more accurately track donors with a new agency database.
Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch: $1,375 to support the purchase of a SMART board, which will be used in the classrooms at the Boys Ranch.
Lake Area Helping Hands: $1,500 to create a website and better market their thrift store as well as better share information on the services offered by the Helping Hands.
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Springfield: $1,500 to implement a community-wide debt challenge program, which will give participants financial coaching over the course of a year in order to reduce household credit card debt.
Boys and Girls Club of the Ozarks (Branson): $1,500 to print its first paper annual report to encourage donors to participate in annual giving, endowment-building and planned giving programs.
The Sugarloaf Foundation: $1,250 to develop promotional efforts to support their work in revitalizing rural community schools.