Meramec Regional Community Foundation


Donate to a Meramec Regional Community Foundation fund

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

Established June 4, 2010

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

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

Total Assets (as of 3/31/17): $790,345

pic6Community Grantmaking Program

The Meramec Regional Community Foundation will begin taking applications for its 2017 Community Grant-making program beginning on October 15, 2016.  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, 2017.  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 2016 Recipients

100_7790The 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

MRCF Pulaski Co Salvation ArmyRegional 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)

News and Updates

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

pic8MRCF: 2016 in brief

Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) is in its sixth year as the regional affiliate foundation 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 represent each county and Meramec Regional Planning Commission.  MRCF’s board regularly meets each month during the year to discuss community projects from each county as well as brainstorming on ways the board can creatively outreach to other individuals.  The MRCF board and staff continue to build relationships through outreach efforts in our cities and counties by sharing the values of creating endowments in their community.

Realizing the rapid need for resources during the floods in August 2013, the board encouraged its eight counties to establish disaster relief funds for each county to enable those communities to start building on its own local resources in the event of a disaster.  As a result, each county has its own disaster fund that will be used as a secure vehicle to accept donations and use those funds when there is a time of need for the community.  A recent example is the Phelps County Disaster Relief fund provided the Lyric Live Theatre in Newburg, MO with nearly $4,000, generated through private donations, to help address flood damage to the historic theatre.

jeremy-suttonIn addition, MRCF completed its fifth year of community grant-making by assisting six organizations with their community projects.  This year MRCF’s community grant-making fund gave out $1,500 in grants to organizations in four of the eight counties in the region.  Since 2012, MRCF has awarded a total of $6,900 in grants to 28 non-profits to aid in local causes, such as school gardening projects, park and downtown revitalization/preservation projects, veterans cemetery and literacy programs.  MRCF’s board and staff hosted and presented to several local events to share resources to the organizations in the region.

In March 2016, the MRCF board hosted its fourth year of Invite-A-Friend luncheon that included a special presentation on Give Ozarks event held each year.
MRCF ended the fiscal year 2015-2016 with 49 funds totaling $699,368 of which 8 new funds were established with gifts totaling $15,248. There were 6 grants awarded totaling $1,500 through MRCF’s community grant-making fund and 15 scholarships totaling $10,000 for senior students in the region.

MRCF received two grants this year to use towards marketing and outreach of philanthropic giving.  A grant for $500 was awarded to MRCF at the CFO Annual Affiliate Conference in April 2016 and a grant from U.S. Bank Foundation for $500 was awarded in November 2015(pictured at right).


Funds 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
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
Jean Henry Fund
H.O.P.E. Inc Capacity Fund
Hope Alliance Fund
Kaeding-Winter Scholarship Fund
The Kaleidoscope Discovery Center Fund
Maries County Disaster Relief 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
Missouri Medical Assistance Program Fund
The Claude & Irene Morgan Scholarship Fund
MRPC Mobility Management Voucher Program Fund
Newburg Community Grantmaking Fund
Newburg Houston House Fund
Osage Arts Community Endowment Fund
Osage County Disaster Relief Fund
Owensville Area Capacity Building Fund
Owensville Area Endowment 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
Route 66 Neon Park Development Fund
The Ruth and Gene Ridenhour MD Scholarship Fund
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 Capacity 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