Aurora Area Community Foundation

The mission of the Aurora Area Community Foundation is to establish endowments that enhance the quality of life for current and future generations by reinvesting in the community. The unique role of a community foundation is to work with charitable donors to build a permanent source of charitable assets to meet the emerging, as well as the existing, needs of the community. The Aurora Area Community Foundation seeks to service the area by defining and meeting local needs through leadership and collaboration.


Contact Information:
P.O. Box 329
Aurora, MO  65605

Established Sept. 11, 2006

Board of Governors:
Jack Muench, President
James Ferguson, Secretary/Treasurer
Scott Pettit
Randy Howard
Joseph Woodcock
Debbie Stanley
Linda Cook

For additional information, contact Jack Muench at (417) 678-3333; or

Total Assets (as of June 30, 2018): $4,125,143

Community Grantmaking Program

Download the Aurora Area Community Foundation community grant application (Word) (PDF)

2016 Year in Review

From Jack Muench, FY17 board president:

The AACF hosted the annual Donor Appreciation Gathering at the Aurora Community Center on October 22, 2015. Brian Fogle, Community Foundation of the Ozarks CEO, presented the program.

The AACF awarded 10 grants for community betterment totaling $10,100.00. The awards were announced at the Aurora Chamber of Commerce banquet held on January 30, 2016.

In May 2016, $54,400 worth of scholarships were awarded to students from AACF funds.

The AACF assisted affiliates in participating in Give Ozarks in May 2016.

The AACF applied for the GRO Ozarks grant and was not chosen. However, with the momentum from putting together the application, AACF met with various community members along with City officials, the Chamber of Commerce, Empire District Electric, and Aurora R-8 Schools to establish goals for economic development. This project is ongoing.

The AACF contains more than 20 funds totaling over $2 million for local investment. The most visible enhancements have been in the parks where, through the efforts of the Aurora Trails Committee, Phase 1 and 2 of a greenway trail have been completed with investments of about $1.7 million. The Aurora Beautification Company has taken the lead in identifying and demolishing dangerous structures in town. We see a willingness among different groups in the city to work together for economic progress. Our future is bright, and AACF is on the reasons we are moving forward!



Funds and Grantmaking

Existing Funds:
Ackley Fund
Aurora Area Community Foundation Administrative Endowment Fund
Aurora Area Unrestricted Community Grantmaking Fund
Aurora Back to School Bash Fund
Aurora Beautification Co Fund
Aurora Community Theatre Memorial Scholarship Fund*
Aurora GRO 2.0 Fund
Aurora Hunger Challenge Fund
Aurora Park Board Fund
Aurora Police Department Support Fund
Houn Dawg Education Endowment Fund
Aurora Trails Fund
Aurora Youth Empowerment Fund
Children’s Smile Center Fund: Aurora
Harvest Food Pantry Hunger Challenge Fund
Houn Dog Scholarship Fund
J.K. Burney Scholarship Fund*
Ed Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund*
James D. and Mary L. Crafton Endowment Fund*
First Christian Church Endowment Fund
Freedom Foundation Fund
Laverta Arnhardt Jones Scholarship Fund
Ethel King Memorial Scholarship Sponsored by Donald K. King Trust Fund
Virgie King Memorial Scholarship Sponsored by Donald K. King Trust Fund
John J. Lee Memorial Fund
Greg Lewis Memorial Fund
John B. Mais Scholarship Fund
Miller High School FFA/Agriculture Department Fund
Carol R. Pettit Fund for the BCFO
JD and Carol Ann Pilkenton Fund
Tri County Pregnancy Resource Center Fund
United Commercial Travelers #632 of Aurora Missouri Fund*
Verona Baptist Church Hunger Challenge Fund

*established as at-large funds of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Legacy Society
Brian and Renee Fogle
Randy and Melissa Howard
Jack and Cyndy Muench

Community Grants for Fiscal Year 2016

Harvest Food Pantry, Hunger Challenge match, $1,000
New Veteran’s Memorial Project, $500
First Presbyterian Church, $1,000
Aurora R-8 School District, Bright Futures, $1,000
City of Aurora, White Park pool improvements, $600
Aurora R-8 School District, wood shop equipment, $2,000
Aurora R-8 School District, Dawgs on Target, $1,000
Verona R-VII Schools, Wildcat Packs, $1,500
Marionville School District, Chromebooks, $1,500
Hangout for Youth and Beyond, storage area, $500
Children’s Smile Center, $500
YEP Grant: Heifer International, $600
YEP Grant: Crowder College, $125
YEP Grant: Drury University, $1250
Aurora R-8 School District, classroom mini grants, $950
YEP Grant: Clark Community Mental Health Center, $240

Community Grants for Fiscal Year 2015

YEP Grant: Drury University, scholar program, $250
YEP Grant: The Writers’ Colony, youth program, $150
Verona R-VII Schools, early childhood programs, $500
City of Verona, sidewalk improvement, $380
Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, $220
Tri-County Pregnancy Resource Center, $250
First Presbyterian Church, $500
Aurora United Methodist Church, sack lunch program, $500
For the Kids, $500
Aurora R-8 School District, Bright Futures, $1,000
Children’s Smile Center, dental screenings for kids, $750
New Veteran’s Memorial, $500
City of Aurora, White Park pool improvements, $800