Additional charitable funds open to support southern Missouri’s recovery from historic flooding

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its affiliate foundations are accepting tax-deductible donations for community flood recovery funds to support areas of southern Missouri areas severely affected by this week’s historic flooding.

Charitable donations for flood recovery will be used to support 501(c)3 nonprofits, including human services, faith, education and civic organizations, that work directly to help flood victims with mid- to long-term recovery. These funds also may support nonprofits directly affected by the flood damage.

All the flood recovery funds are available at: cfozarks.org/floodrecovery.

The following community and regional flood recovery funds are open:

·         Southern Missouri Flood Recovery Fund: To support recovery efforts across the entire affected region

·         Doniphan Area and Ripley County Emergency Flood Relief Fund

·         Ellington Area and Reynolds County Emergency Flood Relief Fund

·         Thomasville Relief Fund: Support for this Alton County community

·         Shannon County Disaster Relief Fund

·         Van Buren Area and Carter County Emergency Flood Relief Fund

·         West Plains Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund

The CFO is a regional public charitable foundation that includes 49 affiliate foundations serving the region south of the Missouri River. Tax-deductible donations can be made at: http://cfozarks.org/floodrecovery. Or checks can be mailed to: Community Foundation of the Ozarks, P.O. Box 8960, Springfield, MO, 65801, noting either a specific community or the regional fund. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.

Donating to flood recovery through a community foundation supports the philosophy that local leaders in these communities and regions are best positioned to understand recovery needs after damage assessments are completed. Recovery from major flooding is a long process where community foundations will continue to provide support well after emergency responders complete their efforts and initial attention has faded.

The CFO and its affiliate foundations will make grants through an extensive nonprofit network and case-management structures to ensure the most effective use and prevent duplication of charitable gifts.

The CFO has extensive experience in disaster-recovery grantmaking, including the 2011 Joplin tornado; tornados and flooding in the Branson area; Meramec region flooding in 2015; and the 2002 Stockton tornado.

“The strength of being a community foundation is that we are well established with local leaders who are in the best position to understand local priorities,” CFO President Brian Fogle said. “We also know from our past disaster experience that recovery is a long-haul process. As bleak as things might look today, we want to inspire hope and confidence for a successful recovery.”

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