Carthage Community Foundation

Contact Information:
donate to the XXXHeather Goff Collier, Coordinator
221 W. 4th St., Suite 1A
Carthage, MO 64836
(417) 359-5534

Established May 24, 1999


Board of Governors:
Chuck Bryant, President
Lee Elliff Pound, VP
Patrick Scott, Secretary/Treasurer
Stan Schmidt
Eric Putnam
Don LaFerla
Danny Lambeth
Frank Dunaway
Miriam Putnam
Mark Elliff
Kevin Checkett
Jeff Williams
Bill Putnam, Jr., Advisory Board Member

Total Assets (as of 12/31/16): $7,730,383


Spring 2017 Grant Program

The mission of Carthage Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for current residents & future generations by investing in the Carthage community.

For the Spring 2017 Community Grant Round, Carthage Community Foundation will offer nine grants of $2,500 each across three categories, in addition to one wild card grant of $2,500.

Please select the category that best suits the nature of your requested project. Each organization may apply only once.

Categories (choose only one):

  1. Health & Human Services – projects/programs which positively impact the physical & mental health & wellness of community residents. Agencies such as Crisis Center, Feeding Inc. & Mercy Hospital would likely apply here.
  2. Education & Youth Services – projects/programs which educate children and/or strengthen the lives of children & their families. Agencies such as Carthage R-9, Carthage Library & CP Center would likely apply here.
  3. Arts, Culture, History & Community Beautification – projects/programs that preserve, enhance or revitalize facilities & surroundings in our community, as well as efforts to cultivate & improve the cultural climate of Carthage. Agencies such as Stone’s Throw, Vision Carthage & Carthage Historic Preservation would likely apply here.

The deadline to apply for the Spring 2017 Community Grant round is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 17.

Grant recipients will be notified in May & are requested to attend a special luncheon presentation on May 18.

Carthage Community Foundation hopes this grant round will allow for greater impact in a variety of areas/services to make our community stronger.

Click here to apply

Click here to read Carthage Community Foundation grant application policies.


Vivian Leon Fund for the Musical Arts

The Vivian Leon Fund for the Musical Arts was established by the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition to honor Mrs. Vivian Leon, the longtime director of MSIPC. The goal of the fund is to encourage and assist in the presentation of classical music with an emphasis on piano performance. Eligible applicants are 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations, schools and colleges that offer classical music programs with an emphasis on piano performance to the community and schools in Jasper and Newton Counties.

The deadline to apply for Spring 2017 Vivian Leon Fund grants is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 17.

Click here to apply


ccf-fall-2016-grant-recipients-board-webFall 2016 Community Grants

Carthage Crisis Center – Kitchen & communication upgrades, $2,010
Fair Acres YMCA – Water safety program for 2nd graders, $3,000
Feeding, Inc. – Ice maker & ADA bathroom upgrades, $2,564
Children’s Haven of SWMO – Mobile intake system, $1,500
Carthage Public Library – Purchase & bind books, $1,500
Carthage Technical Center – Nursing Program scholarships, $1,500
Innovative Industries – Cab coupons for clients, $1,500
Bright Futures Carthage – Hygiene kits, $1,032
Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre – Renovation project, $500
Jasper County Youth Fair – HVAC in small exhibit building, $1,000
Carthage Humane Society – Kennel bed materials, $1,500
Art Feeds Carthage – Art packs & programs for Columbian, $1,500
Carthage Technical Center – Career Development Program, $1,500
Cerebral Palsy of Tri-County – Replace HVAC, $1,000
Community Clinic – Rx program for Carthage, $750
Vision Carthage – Grant Street project, $500
Hearts & Hammers – Grant Street homes, $500
Joplin Habitat for Humanity – Grant Street homes, $500
MO Dental Association Foundation – Dental clinic at MSSU, $1,000
Joplin Medical School – Annual Pledge #2, $5,000

Spring 2016 GrantsSpring 2016 Community Grants
Carthage Public Library, $ 3,000
Carthage Crisis Center, $ 1,559
Fair Acres YMCA, $ 3,000
Children’s Haven of SWMO, $ 3,000
Cerebral Palsy of Tri-County Ctr, $ 540
Art Feeds Carthage, $ 3,000
Feeding Inc. – River St Food Pantry, $ 1,500
Carthage Humane Society, $ 1,500
Innovative Industries, $ 3,000
Bright Futures Carthage, $ 3,000
Salvation Army of Carthage, $ 3,000
Carthage R-9 Fdn. – Truman &/or Ethics, $ 3,000
Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, $ 3,000
Carthage Council on the Arts, $ 1,000
Carthage Historic Preservation, $ 1,350
Carthage Area United Way, $ 1,500

Vivian Leon Fund for the Musical Arts 2016 Grants
ProMusica, $ 4,000
MSSU Piano Department, $ 1,500
Southern Symphony Orchestra, $ 1,500

Total 2016 Grants Awarded: $72,805




In April 2016, the Carthage Community Foundation was named one of CFO’s Affiliates of the Year for the third straight year.

Additional Resources

The K.D. and M.L. Steadley Memorial Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.


TheThe K.D. and M.L. Steadley Memorial Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee was established in 1959 to support “scientific, education, literary and charitable purposes; including the encouragement of art and the prevention of cruelty to animals.” On occasion, requests for capital support of public parks and playgrounds, as well as requests for outdoor recreation programs, will be considered.

The Trust only supports charitable organizations operating in or near the city of Carthage, Missouri that work to promote the “well being of mankind and the general welfare of the community.”

The application deadlines for the Steadley Memorial Trust are March 15 and November 15. Click below to go to the grant application at the Bank of America Search for Grants website. Just select the “Steadley” option from the first drop-down menu.


In May 2016, the Carthage Community Foundation helped 11 nonprofit agency partners raise $75,138.38 in 24 hours as part of the CFO’s Give Ozarks Day initiative.

Funds and Grantmaking

Existing Funds:

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Organization Fund
artCentral Capacity Fund
Art Feeds Carthage Endowment Fund
Beimdiek Challenge Grant Fund
Bright Futures Carthage Fund
George and Geraldine Beimdiek Memorial Fund
Steve and Mary Jean Beimdiek Family and Community Fund
Carthage Arts Council Fund
City of Carthage Beautification Fund
Carthage Area United Way Legacy Fund
The Carthage Crosslines Fund
Carthage Historic Preservation Society Capacity Building Fund
Carthage Library Development Foundation Endowment Fund
Carthage Literacy Council Capacity Building Fund
Carthage Community Foundation Operating Endowment Fund
Carthage Council on the Arts Capacity Fund
Carthage Public Library Capacity Fund
Carthage Rotary Scholarship
Carthage Rotary Club Charitable Fund
The Carthage Fund
Carthage Youth Empowerment Project Fund
Carthage Crisis Center, Inc. Capacity Building Fund
Carthage Crisis Center Endowment Fund
Carthage Crisis Center Long Term Operations Fund
Carthage Crisis Center Long Term Repair and Replacement Fund
Carthage Crisis Center, Inc. Repair and Replacement Fund
CCC Short Term Operational Fund
Carthage CF Capacity Building Fund
Carthage Humane Society, Incorporated Fund
Colossians 3:17 Fund
The W. Robert Corley Fund
Carthage Public Library Fund
Curtis Rex Carter Science Scholarship Fund
Doris & Ken Johnson Memorial Fund
Earl & Marilyn Nicholas Charitable Fund
Episcopal Youth Group of Carthage Endowment Fund
Fair Acres Family YMCA, Inc. Fund
Freund Charitable Remainder Trust Fund
Gregg and Sheila Galbraith Donor Advised Fund
Guthrie Gilmore Fund
Grace Episcopal Church Endowment Fund
Hall of Carthage Heroes Fund
Heartland Concert Band Carthage Fund
Richard T. Mansfield Memorial Fund, a capacity building fund for Grace Episcopal Church
The Henrietta Hedge Memorial Fund
Carthage Historic Preservation Fund
The Hough Fund
Quigley Jasper County Christian Athlete Scholarship Fund
Jasper County Courthouse Capacity Building Fund
Jasper County 1895 Courthouse Preservation Fund
Danny and Mary Pat Lambeth Family Fund
Leggett & Platt, Incorporated Donor Advised Fund
Leggett & Platt, Incorporated Benevolence Fund
L & P Partners Helping Partners Fund
Kenneth and Addean Mac Arthur Trust Fund
Marsh Family Foundation Fund
McCune-Brooks Health Care Foundation Fund
Missouri Botanical Garden Fund
Dorthadean Moorman Memorial Fund
Jean S. Morrow and Samuel R. Morrow Jr. Memorial Fund
MSIPC Capacity Building Fund
Earl & Marilyn Nicholas Endowment Fund
The John O. Phelps and Carolyn B. Phelps Charitable Fund
Marlin and Jean Pinnell Annual Scholarship Fund
Powers Museum Fund
River Street Food Pantry Fund
Danny and Sarah Ross Family and Community Fund
J. Ross and Maryetta E. White Memorial Fund
Dr. W. Russell Smith Family Foundation Fund
St. Luke’s Nursing Center Capacity Building Fund
St. Luke’s Nursing Center Endowment Fund
Patrick and Julia Scott Family and Community Fund
Thelma M. Stanley Scholarship Fund
The Thelma Stanley Jayhawk Scholarship Fund
Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre Capacity Building Fund
Stone’s Throw Theater Henry Heckert Memorial Endowment Fund
Southwest Baptist University Endowment Fund
SWMO Coalition Against Human Trafficking Fund
The Vivian Leon Fund for the Musical Arts created by the Missouri Southern International Piano Comp.
Mark and Stephanie Williams Family and Community Fund
Woestman Family Fund – Sam
Woestman Family Fund – Kelly

Legacy Society Members

Kevin & Sandi Checkett
Heather and Darren Collier
Robert & Rebecca Copeland
Frank S. Dunaway, III
Virginia Esterly*
Ed & Tonya Freund Trust
Kenneth Johnson
Don & Gloria LaFerla
Daniel & Mary Pat Lambeth
Samuel R. Morrow, Jr.*
Marilyn R. Nicholas*
Mr. & Mrs. William C. Putnam Jr.
Ruth I. Rubison
Dr.* and Mrs.* W. Russell Smith
Jane C. Trogdon