CFO News and Updates

  • CFO offices closed for Presidents Day holiday

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ offices in Springfield, West Plains and Cape Girardeau will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19 for the Presidents Day holiday. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 20.  

  • $1.4 million in CFO Scholarships now open

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is offering a record number of scholarships that open Feb. 1 for applications from students across central and southern Missouri interested in pursuing advanced education opportunities. This year’s scholarship awards and renewals, which are made possible by generous donors, are approaching $1.4 million, up from about $1.3 million awarded […]

  • CFO FY2017 Annual Report now available

    The CFO’s FY2017 annual report should be arriving in mailboxes soon, if you haven’t received it already. In addition to our financials, affiliates, contributors and new funds from the year, the book’s theme revolves around what is arguably the most important piece of the CFO’s four-pronged values statement, which was developed by staff during the […]

  • Dr. David and Linda Brown receive 2017 Humanitarian Award

    On a clear December day, Dr. David and Linda Brown were honored with the 2017 Humanitarian Award for their work providing a place for Springfield’s homeless population to feel at home — and soon provide actual homes as well. David and Linda, a retired orthopedic surgeon and Realtor, respectively, moved to downtown Springfield a decade ago. […]

  • Dr. David and Linda Brown named 2017 Humanitarians

    Dr. David and Linda Brown have been named the 2017 Humanitarian Award recipients for their work with The Gathering Tree and for developing the Eden Village housing concept, two efforts intended to support the homeless population. They will be honored at a luncheon at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Doubletree Hotel in Springfield. Tickets […]

  • 2017-18 Coover Regional Grant Program now open for application

    The Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation Regional Grantmaking Program is the CFO’s largest annual grant round, in terms of dollars. As of Nov. 13, it is open for application for the 2017-18 fiscal year. This program is a partnership between Community Foundation of the Ozarks and The Commerce Trust Company. Eligible organizations […]

  • Joe Kammerer joins CFO in West Plains office

    Joe Kammerer will join the Community Foundation of the Ozarks as its Central Region Manager based in West Plains beginning Nov. 1, 2017. Kammerer joins the CFO after spending 10 years at Missouri State University-West Plains, most recently as Director of Development. He has experience in donor relations, planned giving, and coordination of charitable gifts […]

  • CFO, MFH announce Rural Ozarks Health Initiative

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Missouri Foundation for Health announce the Rural Ozarks Health Initiative, a new multi-year grant program to address priority health issues in communities or regions served by the CFO’s rural affiliate foundations. The CFO is partnering with MFH to provide $750,000 in this multi-year grant opportunity available only […]

  • Humanitarian Award applications now being accepted

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Humanitarian Award to honor a southwest Missouri resident for service that contributes to the betterment of his or her community. This year will mark the 28th annual Humanitarian Award, which was founded by longtime Community Foundation of the Ozarks supporter Jewell Thompson Schweitzer. The deadline for nominations […]

  • A note on Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery

    The pictures from Houston and south Texas have been very hard to watch over the past few days.  The prediction of up to fifty inches of rain before Harvey moves on is simply hard to fathom.  Despite the tragedy of the historic storm, we have seen heroic actions of public servants and private citizens saving […]