February 2009 Agency Partners Update

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Agency Partners Update
February 5, 2009

Partners,
As you can see, this is an action packed update. I hope that you will take time to read about all of the upcoming opportunities for networking and support in these challenging times. We are extremely excited about the “Managing in Tough Times” meeting on February 26. Many of you will remember hearing Anne Hindery Camp when she was in Springfield early last summer as a part of US Bank’s non profit seminar. We also have many of our local non profit leaders participating and hope that the day will be profitable AND uplifting! Tammy Flippen with the library has two workshops scheduled this spring as well, so please make note of those dates. Again, thank you for partnering with CFO and I look forward to seeing you at one or all of the upcoming events.

Julie Leeth, CFO vice president

In This Issue:
• Feb. 24 Essential Questions “Public Schools and Community Foundations: A Sensible Partnership.”
• “Managing in Tough Times” seminar for nonprofits.
• Two February seminars for Partners in South Central MO.
• Spring workshops w/ CFO and the Springfield-Green County Library
• Springfield Regional Arts Council gets creative with CFO endowment building grant
• Arts Programming Sustainability Initiative
• Coover grants $267K+ aimed at rural poverty in the Ozarks

Essential Questions series presents: “Public Schools and Community Foundations: A Sensible Partnership”

CFO will host the next Essential Questions webinar on Tuesday, February 24 at 10 a.m. This presentation will focus on our proposed rural schools program. Information about how to join the webinar can be found on our website at http://www.cfozarks.org/essential-questions-series/. If you have questions e-mail Bridget Dierks at bdierks@cfozarks.org or call 417-864-6199, ext. 23 prior to February 24, 2009.

We look forward to sharing information with southern Missouri rural school administrators about this exciting initiative covering alternative funding, grant opportunities, placed-based education, and collaboration/partnerships. The webinar will not last longer than one hour.

“Managing in Tough Times” seminar for nonprofits.

CFO, Go Lead, the Springfield-Greene County Library, and the United Way of the Ozarks will host a free seminar titled “Managing in Tough Times” focused on helping your nonprofit organization meet the challenges of today’s difficult economic environment.

Thursday, February 26, 2009, 10:00 AM until 3 PM, Kentwood Hall, 700 St. Louis St. (lunch provided).

Non-profits in the Ozarks are facing difficult challenges as demand for services has increased, and funding has become even more scarce. This seminar is designed to help our important non-profit partners meet those challenges. Local civic and non-profit leaders will share their own experiences, and answer questions in facilitated discussions on finance, personnel, organization, and planning related issues.

Luncheon Keynote: Anne Hindery Camp, CEO of Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, based in Omaha, NE. Ms Camp has a unique background in nonprofits, philanthropy, and community work, including experience as director for Alegent Community Benefit Trust, program director for Omaha Community Foundation, and law enforcement coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Seating is limited, and reservations required. Please call Suzanne Grammar at Community Foundation of the Ozarks at 864-6199 to register or email her at Sgrammer@cfozarks.org.
We would ask that no more than two from each non-profit attend to insure widespread participation for our Ozarks’ nonprofits.

CFO hosts two February seminars for South Central Agency Partners

As part of our commitment to our Agency Partners, CFO is pleased to offer the nonprofit organizations of the South Central Ozarks – serving the counties of Carter, Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Shannon, Texas, and Wright – a special series of brown bag seminars that are designed to support growth and sustainability efforts. The schedule of events, hosted by Carol Silvey, CFO senior associate for advancement, is listed below. All sessions will be held at Noon at CFO’s West Plains office, located at 27 Court Square in West Plains, unless otherwise noted.

On top of the monthly brown bag seminars, CFO will host a special presentation titled “Planned Giving for Sustainability” presented by Gary Funk, CFO president, and Julie Leeth, CFO vice president. Planned giving is an especially important strategy for sustainability during lean economic times, so you’ll want to attend this special seminar for the chance to learn more about how your organization can easily incorporate planned giving into its overall development strategy.

February 13 – Networking
February 27 – Planned Giving for Sustainability, with Gary Funk, CFO president, and Julie Leeth, CFO vice president.
March 13 – Using Insurance Policies in Giving
April 10 – Working with Volunteers
May 8 – The Ask

All sessions will be held at Noon at CFO’s West Plains office, located at 27 Court Square in West Plains, unless otherwise noted. To RSVP or to find out more information, call Carol Silvey, CFO senior associate for advancement at (417) 256-4725.

CFO and Springfield-Greene County Library hosting two spring workshops

The Springfield-Greene County Library and Community Foundation of the Ozarks will co-host two agency partner workshops this spring.

March 25 9 – 11 a.m. Creating a Winning Presentation
April 22, 9 – 11 a.m. Marketing Non- Profits

Please contact sgrammer@cfozarks.org to reserve a spot. The workshops are free. You can also call 864-6199. The event will be held at CFO, 425 E. Trafficway.

Springfield Regional Arts Council hosts “Hearts for the Arts” event to support their organizational endowment

One advantage of being a CFO Agency Partner is the opportunity to receive grants through our Endowment Building Grants Program. The project is provides small grants to our Agency Partners that allow them to implement creative activities and programs that promote endowment building.

Last year, the Springfield Regional Arts Council received a grant for $1,287 that they plan to use for a Valentine’s Day tie-in event called “Hearts for the Arts” on February 6. The event invites the community to view and bid on more than 100 items donated to support the Arts Council’s Endowment Fund in a silent auction. Funds from the endowment building grant also helped pay for a mailed invitation that included a promotional DVD. You can learn more about SRAC’s “Hearts for the Arts” event on their website at http://www.springfieldarts.org/.

Learn more about CFO”s Endowment Building Grants Program for Agency Partners on our website at http://www.cfozarks.org/cfo-grantmaking-programs/2007-2008-endowment-building-grants-program/.

CFO announces Arts Programming Sustainability Initiative

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has established the Arts Programming Sustainability Initiative (APSI). Funded through a two year, $150,000 commitment from CFO, the two main goals of APSI are to help implement the Springfield Regional Cultural Plan, developed as part of the Vision 20/20 process in 2004, and to promote the long-term sustainability efforts of arts organizations serving Springfield and the region. The Foundation’s board of directors made support for the implementation of the Springfield Regional Cultural Plan one of five goals for the year. APSI is the result of this vision. Read more about APSI and find links to regional media coverage on our website: http://www.cfozarks.org/2009/02/05/cfo-announces-arts-programming-sustainability-initiative/.

Coover awards more than $267K to combat rural poverty

Nine of Missouri’s ten poorest counties, in terms of per capita income, are in the rural Ozarks (Douglas, Hickory, Oregon, Ozark, Ripley, Shannon, Texas, Washington, and Wright). All of the counties and towns across the Ozarks are familiar with the problems associated with rural poverty. This year, as the economic climate only exacerbates these circumstances, the Louis and Dorothy Coover Regional Grantmaking Program, a partnership between Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Commerce Trust Company, awarded $267,624 to 13 regional agencies for thoughtful solutions addressing the causes and consequences of rural poverty. For a list of grants a program descriptions visit our web site, http://www.cfozarks.org/category/coover/.