Meramec Regional Community Foundation



Contact Information: 4 Industrial Dr. St. James, Missouri 65559

Established June 4, 2010

Organizing Board Officers:
Vicki Lange – Chair (Osage County)
Joanne Zap – Vice Chair (MRCF At-Large)
Catie Ringeisen – Secretary/Treasurer (Crawford County)
pic3-webVacant (Phelps County)
Roberta Berger (Gasconade County)
Cindy Merx (Washington County)
Don Brackhahn (MRPC At-Large)
Gary Brown (Dent County)
Barbara Schaller (Maries County)
Marilyn Odle (Pulaski County)
Steve Vogt (MRPC At-Large)
Bonnie Prigge (MRPC Executive Director)
Vicki Lange  (Osage County)

Foundation Coordinator: Maria Bancroft,, (573) 265-2993, ext. 114

For more information, contact Bonnie Prigge, Meramec Regional Planning Commission, at (573) 265-2993; or

Total Assets (as of June 30, 2018): $1,385,294


Pic A1Community Grantmaking Program

The Meramec Regional Community Foundation will begin taking applications for its 2018 Community Grant-making program beginning on October 16, 2017.  Click the links below for details on who is eligible, or to download an application (PDF).  Applications are due by no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2018.  For more information, contact Maria Bancroft, Meramec Regional Planning Commission, at (573) 265-2993, ext. 114; or

Click here to apply online


MRCF Community Grant 2018 Recipients

Ya Ya’s of Belle, Inc. – $250 for the City of Belle’s park and arena improvements project
Caledonia Community Foundation, Inc. – $250 for the Village of Caledonia’s park improvements project
Dent County Community Foundation – $250 for the City of Salem’s clean-up and beautification project
ART Works on MAIN Gallery – $250 for the art room renovation project
University of Missouri Extension-Crawford County Extension Council – $250 for the City of Steelville’s artist and farmers community event project
CASA of South Central Missouri – $250 for the volunteer recruitment event project


MRCF Community Grant 2017 Recipients

Washington County Community Partnership, $250, Bathroom Renovations
Newburg Community Revitalization Program, $250, Community Park Improvements
Bonebrake Center of Nature and History, $250, Public Bathroom Renovation
Esther’s House of Redemption, $250, Freedom Outreach Program
Pic A2Owensville Chamber of Commerce, $250, Downtown Benches
Salvation Army of Pulaski County, $250, Food and Shelter Program


MRCF Community Grant 2016 Recipients

The Community Partnership, $250, Literacy Program
Pulaski County Growth Alliance, $250, Route 66 Neon Park for Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation
Osage Arts Community Inc., $250, Flags for Belle Downtown Beautification Project
University of Missouri Extension – Dent County, $250, Green Forest School Garden
Kaleidoscope Discovery Center, $250, Sweepers
Assistance Association Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Fort Leonard Wood, $250 (pictured)


MRCF Community Grant 2015 Recipients

Pic A3Regional Opera Company ($3,907 for flood repairs)
Maries County R2 Schools Foundation
($250 to support Steak-Night Scholarship Fundraiser)
Salvation Army of Pulaski County ($250 to support local shelter and food pantry) (Photo at right)
Heartland Independent Living Center ($250 to support the Store-A-Key program)
Caring Hearts Pregnancy Resource Center ($250 to support the Spring Banquet Fundraiser)
Chamois Industrial Development Corporation ($250 to support the local backpack and schools supplies program)
Phelps County Humane Society ($250 to support new website)

MRCF Community Grant 2014 Recipients

Pulaski County COAD, ($7,806)
The Community Partnership
($250 to support early childhood reading)
Caledonia Community Betterment Youth Organization ($250 for an anti-bullying program)
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church ($250 to help with flood relief)
Sullivan High School SADD ($250 to support Cody’s Gift presentation)
Helping Hands Outreach Center of Gasconade County ($250 for a baby diaper project)
Maries R2 PTO/Archery ($250 for National Archery in Kentucky)

MRCF Community Grant 2013 Recipients

Owensville Area Community Foundation ($250 to support their grant making fund)
Maries R-II School Foundation ($250 to support of their Fall Open House to promote their foundation)
Court Appointed Special Advocate – CASA Rolla ($250 to support background, mileage reimbursement and drug testing for 7 advocate volunteers)
Potosi United Methodist Food Pantry ($250 to support the food pantry to purchase food items for the pantry)
Dixon High Family Career and Community Leaders of America ($300 to support the prevention of smokeless tobacco school program)

Pic C1News and Updates

For the latest MRPC and MRCF news and events, find them on Facebook at or visit the MRPC website at

Fiscal Year 2016-17 in Review

Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) is in its seventh year as a regional affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO). MRCF serves an eight-county area made up of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and is led by an engaged, 12-member board who volunteer by representing each county and Meramec Regional Planning Commission. The MRCF board and staff strive to build relationships with the region’s local schools, churches, non-profits and future donors through outreach efforts to bring awareness of the benefits of philanthropy.

MRCF’s board of directors met regularly during last fiscal year with monthly board meetings and hosting several community events for its agency partners as well as inviting other non-profits to learn more about CFO and MRCF. The MRCF board hosted a Give Ozarks workshop, coordinated a regional marketing effort for local non-profits participating in Give Meramec, a part of Give Ozarks, hosted an Invite-A-Friend luncheon meeting, presented information on philanthropy to local high schools, presented Transfer of Wealth study to a local church, participated and shared information at a community fundraiser and assisted a local school foundation with its grant making.

MRCF participated in its third year of Give Ozarks on May 9, 2017, a 24-hour online day of giving, by supporting and promoting its partnering agencies to raise awareness of their specific needs and purposes in the Meramec Region through Give Meramec. Give Meramec had 12 nonprofit agency partners in the eight-county region including ABLE Senior Center, Assistance Association Missouri Veterans Cemetery – Fort Leonard Wood, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of South Central Missouri, The Community Partnership, The Kaleidoscope Discovery Center, Missouri Rock Island Trail, Ozark Actors Theatre, Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation, Riverways Pregnancy and Family Resource Center, Rolla Nutrition Site, S.A.V.E. Rolla Animal Shelter, and Washington County Community Partnership. Give Meramec generated $31,209.15 in donations in support of the 12 nonprofit agency partners who participated in this year’s event.

Pic C5Furthermore, MRCF completed its sixth year of community grantmaking by assisting six local organizations with their community projects. MRCF awarded $1,500 in grant funds to organizations in six of the eight counties, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski, and Washington counties, to provide funding for their local projects. MRCF will soon start its next grant round in the Fall 2017 to award grants in the Spring 2018.

MRCF wrapped up its fiscal year 2016-2017 surpassing the $1 million mark with 55 funds totaling $1,108,901. Eight new funds were established this fiscal year with gifts totaling $264,600. The news funds included Assistance Association Missouri Veterans Cemetery – Fort Leonard Wood ($500), Caledonia Alumni Fund ($10,000), Maries County R-2 Project Graduation Fund ($3,000), Party/Butler Family Scholarship Fund ($250,000), Phelps County Humane Society Building Fund, Phelps County Senior Center Fund ($100), Route 66 Neon Park Development Fund ($500), and Washington County Community Partnership Fund ($500). MRCF awarded six grants totaling $1,500 through its community grant-making fund and 19 scholarships totaling $12,000 for senior students in the Meramec Region. MRCF was honored to be selected a runner-up for CFO’s Annual Affiliate of the Year award for its division. The second place honor included an unrestricted grant in the amount of $500. The award was presented at CFO’s annual Affiliate Appreciation Conference in Springfield in April 2017. The grant will be used towards MRCF’s marketing and community outreach projects for the Meramec Region.


Pic C6Funds and Grantmaking

Existing Funds:

ABLE Senior Center Fund
Shirley Andrew Memorial Fund
Mae, Grace, and George Bacon Scholarship Fund
Behind the Curtain Fund
Belle Lions Club Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of David R. Sassmann
Bluebird Gardens Charitable Fund
Caledonia Alumni Fund
Camp David Financial Reserve Fund
CASA Endowment Fund
CASA of South-Central Missouri Capacity Fund
Richard and Jeanne Cavender Scholarship for Public Service
Linda Clift Memorial Fund
Cole-Mahan Scholarship Fund
The Community Partnership (Rolla)
Forum Dental Charitable Fund
Crawford County Disaster Relief Fund
Dent County Disaster Relief Fund
Gasconade County Disaster Relief Fund
Groves Family Memorial Scholarship Fund
Jean Henry Fund
Hope Alliance Fund
Kaeding-Winter Scholarship Fund
The Kaleidoscope Discovery Center Fund
Ted and Edna Leffler Scholarship Fund
Maries County Disaster Relief Fund
Maries County R-II Archery Club Scholarship Fund
Maries County R2 Project Graduation Fund
Maries R-2 PTO Scholarship Fund
Maries County R-II Schools Foundation Community Scholarship Fund
Maries County R-II Schools Foundation Fund
Meramec Regional Community Foundation Capacity Building Fund
Meramec Regional Community Foundation Community Grantmaking Fund
Meramec Regional Planning Commission Capacity Fund
The Claude & Irene Morgan Scholarship Fund
MRPC Mobility Management Voucher Program Fund
Newburg Community Grantmaking Endowment Fund
Osage County Disaster Relief Fund
Owensville Area Capacity Building Fund
Ozark Actors Theatre Endowment Fund
Party/Butler Family Scholarship Fund
Phelps County Flood Relief Fund
Phelps County Humane Society Building Fund
Phelps County PHA Capacity Building Fund
Pulaski County Flood Relief Fund
Phelps County Senior Center Fund
Rolla Dog Park Fund
Route 66 Neon Park Development Fund
The Ruth and Gene Ridenhour MD Scholarship Fund
The Ruth & Gene Ridenhour MD Scholarship Fund 2
Rolla Nutrition Site Fund
Rotary Club of Pulaski County Giving Fund
S.A.V.E. New Animal Shelter Building Fund
S.A.V.E. Rolla Area Aninmal Shelter Endowment Fund
Alan D. and Yvonne L. Skouby Scholarship Fund
Vichy Fire Department Fund
Washington County Partnership Fund
Washington County Disaster Relief Fund

Legacy Society Members:

Shawn and Maria Bancroft
Richard and Jeanne Cavender
Lucia Flaim
Mike* and Virgie Mahan
Stephen and Joanne Zap


Maries County RII School District