Barton County Community Foundation

Click here to donate to a Barton County Community Foundation fund

Contact Information:

206 W. 10th St.
Lamar, MO 64759

Established: Sept. 10, 2015

Board of Governors:

Nancy Curless, President
Jen Ogden, Secretary
Tom Shields, Treasurer
Bruce Belline
Cindy McFadden
Jane Moyer
George Nichols
Judy Rice


Music and barbecue were on the menu at the first Barton County Community Foundation donor appreciation barbecue in 2016.

For more information contact Nancy Curless, President, at




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Total Assets (as of 6/30/17)): $86,391


BCCF Spring 2017 Schedule

Thursday, February 16: Grantmaking/Agency Partner Training
Friday, February 17: Deadline to submit Coover Grant applications
Tuesday, February 28: Deadline to declare Intent to Participate in Give Ozarks
Thursday, March 2: Board Meeting – Noon
Saturday, March 4: Annual Gala – Thiebaud Auditorium
Thursday, April 6: Board Meeting – Noon
Tuesday, April 18: All Day – Affiliate Conference, Springfield
Thursday, May 4: Board Meeting -Noon
Tuesday, May 9: Give Ozarks Day


News and Updates

Aff second place - Barton County

CFO honors Nancy Curless, BCCF at annual Affiliate Conference

Nancy Curless, president of the Barton County Community Foundation, received a Board Member Award of Excellence from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Curless was one of five board leaders within the CFO’s 49-member affiliate network honored at the annual affiliate conference on April 19 in Springfield.

In addition, the BCCF received 2nd-place honors for Affiliate of the Year in its group. It was one of eight of the 49 affiliate foundations to receive first- or second-place honors. The award comes with $500 for the BCCF’s unrestricted grantmaking fund.

The winners were selected based on their efforts to present philanthropic programming and provide leadership in their communities; develop new funds; recruit and retain strong board members; and offer community grantmaking opportunities.

Nancy Curless Board member of Excellence“Under Nancy’s leadership, the Barton County Community Foundation has made great progress in the short time since it joined our affiliate network,” CFO President Brian Fogle said. “We have been very impressed with BCCF’s activities and commitment in promoting philanthropy in the community.”





Fundraising Institute Well Attended

The Conference Room at the Wolf Center was at capacity seating for a Fundraising Institute held on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. Twenty-eight representatives of non-profit organizations in Barton County, including staff, directors, board members and volunteers participated in this free workshop. Also in attendance were BCCF board members Bruce Belline, Tom Shields and Nancy Curless. The lunch meeting was hosted by the Barton County Community Foundation and sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Events such as this are made available to us as an affiliate of CFO.

During the two-hour workshop, CFO representatives Michael Chatman and Alice Wingo addressed Building a Sustainable Nonprofit Organization, Ways to Raise More Money and How to Build Great Board Engagement. Chatman and Wingo explained that sustainability is often misunderstood in the nonprofit sector, and that it is not just about having enough money to pay staff, keep the lights on and have a little extra to do a few programs. They offered ways an organization can increase its competitiveness and strengthen its financial health in the current economic climate.

Examples of topics covered include “Eight Powerful Fundraising Methods,” “Establishing Long-Term Relationships” and the Second Annual Give Ozarks Day, a 24-hour online fundraising event hosted by the CFO. Other presentations addressed “Changing the Vocabulary,” “Building an Annual Giving Fund,” “Developing and Writing Grant Proposals,” and “Establishing a Capacity Fund.”

For additional information about the foundation, its programs and resources, go to the Barton County Community Foundation Facebook page, or contact Michael Chatman (417) 864-6199, Alice Wingo (417) 447-5364 or Nancy Curless (417) 262-0844.


Community Grantmaking

Spring 2017 Community Grants

Click here to download and print a Spring 2017 BCCF Grant application. $1,500 is available to nonprofits; deadline is Friday, Feb. 24.


2016 Community Grants
University of Missouri Extension – Barton County, 4H project, $500


Existing Funds

About Our Kids Fund
Barton County Community Fund
Barton County Community Foundation Administrative Capacity Fund
Barton County Good Samaritan Fund
Golden Harvest Days Fund
Bob Johnson Scholarship Fund