March 2008 Endowment Partners Update

March 18, 2008

In This Issue:

  • Planned Giving programs essential to nonprofit sustainability
  • CFO to host presentation about building successful health foundations
  • Grant opportunity for local artists
  • 211 Helpline available to Missourians

Planned Giving programs essential to nonprofit sustainability

Community Foundation of the Ozarks is committed to assisting our endowment partners with building a planned giving program to support their organization. Undertaking a consistent approach toward planned giving offers your nonprofit organizations the opportunity to greatly enhance efforts aimed at financial sustainability.

Planned charitable giving is a top priority for Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Our Professional Advisors Council, comprised of estate planning, financial and investment professionals, assists Community Foundation of the Ozarks with our focus on planned charitable giving. The council also provides leadership in promoting future charitable gifts to organizations such as yours that have a direct, positive impact on the quality of life in the Missouri Ozarks.

CFO’s staff is always pleased to visit with our valued Endowment Partner organizations concerning planned giving. Contact us at (417) 864-6199 with questions about planned giving or to develop a strategy for your organization.

CFO to host “How do you build a Successful Health Foundation?” presentation

On Tuesday, March 25 at 10:00 a.m. CFO will host a web-based teleconference titled “How do you build a Successful Health Foundation?” presented by Robin Morgan, director, Ozarks Medical Center Foundation.

The Ozarks Medical Center Foundation supports Ozarks Medical Center health care system, ensuring a place close to home to meet all medical needs. OMC Foundation helps OMC to help you.

The not-for-profit organization was established in 1998 to further the work of the medical center. Governed by a local board of directors, the OMC Foundation seeks and accepts charitable contributions from individuals, businesses and corporations, and other foundations to assist OMC in providing excellent health care to the communities we serve

Please join us for what promises to be an insightful and informative presentation.

To sign up, please contact Bridget Dierks at bdierks@cfozarks.org or (417) 864-6199.

A complete schedule of CFO’s Essential Questions series is available on the web at http://www.cfozarks.org/essential-questions-series/ . Instructions for participation and past presentations are available there as well.

Grant opportunity for local artists

Grants are typically offered nationally or on the state level, however, this generous grant opportunity is offered specifically to artists who reside in either Ripley or Butler County in Missouri or in Clay County, Arkansas.

Acknowledging the importance of the arts in every community, the 2008 Ripley Butler Clay Fund Grant for the Arts is designed to promote the visual arts in this area by awarding $2500 to an artist who exhibits potential and/or is an established artist.

Area artists are encouraged to obtain an application and prospectus in ample time to meet the April 30, 2008 submission deadline. The application and prospectus are available on CFO’s web site at http://www.cfozarks.org/cfo-grantmaking-programs/.

United Way and Missouri Foundation for Health Bring 2-1-1 Phone Helpline to Missourians

The new 2-1-1 telephone number is now available to help Missourians find fast, free and confidential help for health and human services. The 2-1-1 call center, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is being offered throughout Missouri by the United Way of Greater St. Louis, with partial funding from Missouri Foundation for Health.

This free service provides callers with information about thousands of non-profit and government-sponsored health and human services in Missouri, such as food pantries, tax preparation assistance, mentoring programs, shelters, and counseling. The service will also help Missourians find out about the organizations’ volunteer opportunities and donation needs.

The call center estimates that it will assist 100,000-200,000 callers per year once the service has become fully operational.

Launched in November 2007, Missouri 2-1-1 is covering approximately 90% of the state. By Spring 2008, all Missourians will be able to dial 2-1-1 on their landlines to find out about health and human services in their area. Cell phone users can reach the service by dialing the toll-free number 1-800-427-4626.

Sixteen counties in the Kansas City area are served by their own 2-1-1 center and 20 other states in the U.S. have 2-1-1 service, which makes Missouri the 21st state to have statewide coverage.

More information and resources can be found at www.211missouri.org. Contact Martha Love, 2-1-1 Resource Specialist, at the Springfield-Greene County Library District – marthal@thelibrary.org or (417) 883-5366, extension 266, to have your organization added to the 2-1-1 system.