CFO News and Updates

  • Springfield YEP students award $1,800 in grants

    This spring, high school students from the Springfield chapter of the CFO Youth Empowerment Project awarded more than $1,800 in grants to nonprofits serving area children, families and students. The members made all of the grantmaking decisions through a formal application-and-review process. The 2018 YEP Grant recipients were: The Child Advocacy Center, $286.50 FosterAdopt Connect, $500 […]

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  • Latest “Making a Difference” segment highlights hope born of The Northwest Project

    Photo caption, from left: Mike Smith, Ginger Ramirez and Kristina Wilmoth share stories and highlights of The Northwest Project, now entering its third year.   The most recent “Making a Difference” segment from KSMU radio’s Mike Smith focuses on the second anniversary of The Northwest Project, the CFO’s $1.3 million initiative to lift families in […]

  • CFO, Commerce Trust award $321,000 in Coover grants

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with Commerce Trust Company, presented grants totaling $321,000 this month. The grants were awarded to 21 organizations focused on serving rural areas across central and southern Missouri, as well as three projects focused on place-based education initiatives benefiting students in rural school districts. With this year’s distribution, […]

  • April is “Month of Momentum” for 20 nonprofits

    Twenty nonprofit agencies from across southern Missouri will participate in the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ first “Month of Momentum” in April to raise funds for projects via the CFO’s crowdfunding platform, Cause Momentum. Donors can support these agencies online at www.monthofmomentum.causemomentum.org, beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 2 and ending at 5 p.m. […]

  • Agency Partners eligible to enter 45-Second Video Grant Challenge!

    To help celebrate our 45th anniversary this year, we are excited to announce our 45-Second Video Grant Challenge. Agency partners of the CFO are invited to submit 45-second videos explaining a problem your agency wants to address; how $4,500 would help solve the issue; and how this project advances the CFO’s mission of connecting passion […]

  • $30,000 Collective Impact Grant awarded to Victory Mission-led project

    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded a $30,000 grant to a partnership of Springfield organizations led by Springfield Victory Mission to support men who need a second chance at entering the workforce. The Collective Impact grant was awarded to Springfield Victory Mission, Life 360 House, Reentry & Resources, and Evangel Enactus. It is the […]

  • $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 […]